Some critics tell me that I am too business-like. They believe business has no place in the local church. My thought is that the work of the church is too important for us to isolate ourselves from different perspectives. This is what helps us become more effective church leaders. Church goals may be different than business goals, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn from each other.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to share 4 business principles that apply to your church on innovate4Jesus. I received a lot of encouraging feedback from church leaders who valued the idea of learning how to improve their ministries from business. I want to continue that conversation and share a few ways church leaders can effectively connect and learn from business leaders in a way that accelerates our impact.
Here are three ways church leaders can learn principles for ministry from business leaders and influencers:
- Read business-related leadership books. This may seem simple, but there are still thousands of church leaders out there who will only read Christian-related leadership books. While I’m definitely not underestimating the value of those books, business-related leadership books provide you with a whole different set of takeaways to implement through your leadership role in the church.
Leaders are readers. If you want to dive into some business-related leadership books that can make a tremendous impact in the overall effectiveness of your church, you couldn’t go wrong with picking up any book by Jim Collins, Patrick Lencioni, Tim Sanders, Malcolm Gladwell, or Seth Godin.
- Create a network of business leaders in your church to meet with regularly. There are business leaders sitting in your church right now who might have a solution to the issues you’re facing. These leaders know what it takes to run a successful organization and could be a well of wisdom and ideas as you look to lead your church toward accomplishing its goals. Not only do you benefit, but this could also become an excellent ministry opportunity to build community and relationships between these leaders and a unique way for your church to invest in their lives.
- Join a leadership development program in your community. Almost every community has some sort of leadership development program. Whether your local chamber of commerce or another professional organization runs it, this is a great opportunity for you to network with other leaders who might not attend church. Joining a community-based leadership development program is not only a great way to learn from other leaders, but it’s also a way to show others in the community that you’re a church leader who understands the importance of getting outside the walls of the church.
What are some other ways church leaders can learn from business leaders to achieve ministry goals?