Choose to look at what is good

flat growth can be good

Flat growth can be a good thing

I came across this blog entry recently by one of our Celera coaches, Jud Wilhite. As I reflect back on our past year at South Hills, Jud’s words really hit home with me. His is a thought that can be applied to any business or church setting. There is so much negative out their right now; so much that creates fear. I choose to look at what is good…


It used to be that when revenue or growth was flat or declining in both the for profit and non-profit sector, we’d ask, “What are we missing? What are we doing wrong?”

As a pastor, these were questions I would ask when the indicators of health that we looked at were showing signs of weakness.

But things are different now. Reality is different. It is hard to even know what questions to ask with the economy in the state that it has been in. Your church or your business may be taking a hard economic hit and may be doing everything right. We’re still adjusting to what the new reality will be.

Everything I read about my local economy in Las Vegas says that if we get to the end of 2010 and we are at the same place we were at toward the end of 2009 economically, we should do back flips for joy.

Everything I read about non-profits says that if your giving for 2010 stays at levels even close to 2009 you should be thankful.
Flat is the new good.

Here at South Hills, 2009 was financially a rough year for us. And yet we continue to see God’s blessing. Lives are changed, needs are met, miracles happen. Often it is in these rougher times that we are able to more clearly see God move in amazing and unexpected ways. God is good. I am thankful.

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen


“When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears”

– Anthony Robbins


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on March 9, 2010, in church growth, Leadership, Storms of life and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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