In my last post, I talked about the importance of building a healthy staff culture by sharpening the saw. Examining systems, processes, and the way you operate week in and week out is also critical for growing a healthy organization. We’ve seen time and time again that healthy church leaders embrace a culture of evaluation.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the norm. Most leaders are reactive in nature. For example, a lot of churches don’t choose to proactively evaluate and adjust their connections process until they suddenly realize that a lot of familiar faces aren’t showing up anymore. But the truth is that continually evaluating and measuring effectiveness is essential for ministry.
5 key areas where you should test your effectiveness
Recently, I had the chance to sit down and talk with Tony Morgan about the five essential tests for churches that want to grow. Here’s a replay of our conversation with an overview of the various tests we discussed during the conversation:
- The Vision Clarity Test. Many churches put their energy into methods they have seen work at other churches instead of passionately putting into action a vision God has given them. How is your vision unique and specific? How do you know your congregation understands it?
- The Complexity Test. The natural tendency of organizations is to add complexity to their structure and systems. Eventually growth slows or plateaus as the complexity increases. In what ways has your church become too complex?
- The Discipleship Test. Teaching by itself does not equal a discipleship strategy; it’s only one part. Teaching has the potential to shift someone’s thinking, but systems have the potential to shift behaviors. How clear is the discipleship process you have in place?
- The Leadership Test. If your church isn’t raising up leaders, you’ll always be doing addition instead of multiplication. Do you have a strong leader in place to lead change? Is there a focus on building teams that empower other leaders?
- The Focus Test. Thousands of American churches are insider-focused instead of outsider-focused. Are you willing to do what it takes to reach the outsiders in your community? How are you building a culture focused on connecting relationally with people outside the church?
Businesses spend a significant amount of time and money on understanding how their processes and systems are working to support growth. The idea that ‘you can’t manage what you don’t measure’ is something that prompts them to habitually evaluate and assess their strategies. I believe it’s critical for church leaders to embrace the same mentality.
Which of these tests are you ready to implement today?