A few years ago our team read a book called The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni. The book was on everyone’s must read list that year and still remains one of the best leadership books I’ve ever read. The main idea of the book is organizational health is what differentiates great organizations from mediocre ones.
For an organization to be healthy, everyone needs to be on the same page.
Which doesn’t always happen in churches. In fact, it rarely happens.
Most of the time, there are multiple people with their own agendas pulling in totally different directions. This leads to confusion, jealousy, turf wars, and church splits.
Luckily, there’s a way you can prevent this. You just need to get everyone working from the same playbook.
Your playbook should answer these six questions.
- Why do we exist? What is our mission and vision? What’s our purpose?
- How do we behave? What are we going to need to value in order to accomplish our mission?
- What do we do? A simple, direct explanation of our church or organization. For example, “We share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
- How will we succeed? What’s our strategy? Who’s our target? How will we reach them?
- What is most important, right now? This question helps us define our priorities. We may have a core strategy as a church, but what do we need to add to that in this season to take us to the next level?
- Who must do what? What role is everyone playing, and who is responsible for what?
If you can answer the questions above and get everyone on board, you can accomplish a goal.
When my church worked through this process, we said our goal was for our church to become an evangelism juggernaut, so that we have no choice but to add more services or more locations.
We knew there were some things we did well that were our core strategy. For example, we had relevant preaching, great kids’ ministry, a heart for serving, and passionate worship.
We also knew there were some things we needed to add or do better. For example, increase group leaders and participation, developing leaders, creating wow experiences, and providing invite cards.
Looking back now, I see that we didn’t follow through as well as we should have in a lot of these areas, and we didn’t see the growth that we would’ve liked.
Looks like its time for me, and maybe you, to develop a new playbook.
Do you have a playbook for your church? What about a goal for the next season? I’d love to hear more about it, so don’t forget to leave a comment below. And if you’re interested in working through this together, I’d love to talk to you more about that. Just shoot me an email through my contact page, and I’ll be in touch soon.