We all know the importance of aligning the suspension on your car. I have this checked no less than once a year. Failing to do so makes it more difficult to keep the car pointed where I want it to go. It also forces me to replace tires much sooner, costing me time and money. If it’s easy to understand the value of alignment for a car, why is it so often undervalued within our churches?
A few weeks ago, I ran across this brilliant post from Scott Cochrane that highlighted the top 10 alignment problems that can stall your church’s growth. While leadership alignment is critical for overall church growth, it’s just as critical for the tools that support growth, such as your church management software. Many people assume technology will automatically fix their problems, when in reality, all it does is magnify the deeper issues within a church.
When your leadership is not aligned, it creates all kinds of issues, many of which Scott identified in his post. However, when your church is aligned, your church management software helps you act on these four principles:
- People are our central concern. Of course we say this, but if everyone on your team doesn’t truly believe this, it’s going to take more than a church management software to fix the problem. When everyone shares the idea that people are your church’s central concern, there are four ways your church management software amplifies your ministry effectiveness.
- Data is critical to decision-making. If your church isn’t in alignment, you have no capacity to collect data in a systematic way. Ultimately, this impacts your ability to make informed choices, forcing you to make 'gut decisions' based solely on what you perceive. If you want meaningful metrics, you must have a structure and process. Creating that process requires everyone to value data in the decision-making process.
- Technology is how people connect. In a world where Internet campuses are becoming just as popular as church plants, we all must come to the realization that technology is how people connect. When we do, we can start using our church management system as a way to build community through technology and enhance communication among our members.
- A process is a support system to all ministry functions. Inspiration alone will not create the Kingdom impact we desire. It all starts by creating systems and processes that will help you get wherever it is you feel God is leading you. When everyone realizes this, your church management software is a tool to help you create, measure, and improve the core processes you create for ministry.
How does your church maintain alignment among all its leaders? How has your church management software played a role in helping you maximize your core values?