It can’t be quantified or explained, but it can absolutely be felt.
Advanced stats are great for us sports nerds as they quantify things that were once only reserved for emotional arguments over wings. We can now figure out just how efficient Roy Hibbert is or how many wins Joey Votto provides to the Reds. All of which is pretty cool, but no stat is yet available to quantify momentum.
How many times have you watched a game and you just knew a team was going to come back? Or before the batter even steps into the box you know they are going to strike out?
As a pessimistic sports fan every time Peyton Manning lined up in Foxborough I just assumed he was going to walk out with a loss. You expect Ortiz to come through with a big hit in October. With college sports in particular you can feel momentum swings.
In church the same thing happens. Groeschel labeled this “It“. My more charismatic friends talk about feeling the spirit, and if you are really cool you talk about things “humming”.
As a church planter momentum is absolute gold. It could be a random conversation with a stranger, an encouraging phone call with a friend, a Facebook like, or a small breakthrough that feels monumental.
Momentum cannot be quantified but as a leader you need to call it out when you see it, and when you are struggling you have to jump start it.
Don’t lie but look for it. In the grind celebrate the little things, celebrate the past, celebrate the future, celebrate anything because your team and probably you need it more than you realize.