After a little research, I understand that momentum is a physics term; it refers to the quantity of motion that an object has. Momentum can be defined as “mass in motion”. All objects have mass so if an object is moving, then it has momentum. The amount of momentum which an object has is dependent upon two variables: how much mass is moving and how fast the mass is moving. This scientific gibberish means that it is easier to keep an object moving once it is already moving than it is to get something moving that is not moving. Think of pushing a stalled car.
Clear? As mud!
Although less scientific, organizational momentum is much the same. Getting a group of stationary people moving is very difficult. Once a group is moving forward, sustaining that movement gets easier. The dynamics of long term forward progress are elusive and would make you a million if you could capture them.
In our work in the ministry, I think momentum is the result of various considerations:
(not a complete list and not necessarily in that order.)
I have a real desire to see measureable forward progress by an increasingly larger group of people on a consistent basis sustained over a long period of time – in other words, I want MOMENTUM! What leader doesn’t?