How to Reach People in Lifeboats and People in the Water: Creating Consistency and Real Connection with Your Congregation.

Every week we lead all kinds of people. They come from different places in life and they have a wide variety of life experiences. All of us as leaders have to somehow sort through this and lead them as a whole (as a congregations) but also, as much as humanly possible, as individuals. 

This is quite a challenge. I see it too. I experience it every week at my church. 

One way to view these groups is like people in lifeboats people in the water. The people in the lifeboats have been saved, or at least they are in the process of being saved. They know where they are going, they are headed in the right direction, they know the path, they want to be led to the shore to a safe place 

And then there’s people in the water. We might not be sure about them. Maybe they’ve not even seen the lifeboat. Maybe they have seen the lifeboat and they decided not to take it. Maybe they’re not sure if they want to be rescued. 

How do we lead vastly different types of people? Today I’ll share 3 ways you can lead better – THIS WEEKEND. These are easy concepts to grab a hold of. They might take some bravery and intentionality to put into practice, but you CAN do this! 

I have a bottom-line foundation, a core belief, that I try to encourage and challenge others with. It’s the reason I spend so much time on this topic, and it’s the reason I wrote The Worship Unicorn book: 


There’s a huge difference. Looking back on my journey into music and ministry, I was a song leader far before I was a worship leader. When I started, I had some confidence in my musical ability, my natural talent. I thought “I can do this” – I can be a music director, I can lead the band, I can make some decent quality music. I have a degree in Music Composition. I can do this.” Boy, did I have a lot to learn!

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Glenn Packiam (Doctor of Theology and Ministry, Durham) is the associate senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is the songwriter of more than fifty worship songs, including “Your Name” and “Mystery of Faith,” and the author of several books, including Blessed Broken Given: How Your Story Becomes Sacred in the Hands of Jesus and Discover the Mystery of Faith: How Worship Shapes Believing. He is also a visiting fellow at St. John’s College at Durham University and an adjunct professor at Denver Seminary.
Packiam preaches at conferences for pastors and worship leaders and has spoken at Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University, Biola University, Asbury Seminary, Calvin College, and Trinity School for Ministry. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife, Holly, and their four children.