Strategy is critical in every part of our lives. If you’re like me, you are constantly looking for new ways to improve things at work, at home, with friends, in your marriage, and in your parenting.
However, one thing I’ve noticed is that strategy can often be looked down upon or criticized in the church. Rather than seek to problem solve, people say, “We need to take some time to pray,” or “Let’s go back to the Scriptures.” Of course we need to be in a constant state of prayer and actively listening for the direction God wants us to lead our churches, but that God-given vision then requires us to take action and make changes.
Carey Nieuwhof wrote about this recently and hit the nail right on the head. Carey said, “Sometimes church people behave like strategy is the enemy. It’s not. It never has been.”
‘Just pray about it’ won’t solve your church problems!
At Church Community Builder, we specialize in the implementation of good systems and processes ... but this still starts with strategy. Today I want to share some of our best content to help you create a strategy for a problem you’re facing or for your specific ministry focus.
- Before anything else, identify the why. Clarify your end goal and the reason for change before you begin the process of implementing anything. This will help bring clarity to those who are serving and those you are leading.
- Focus on process more than ideas. Goals without defined processes and systems are nothing more than pipe dreams. The church systems and processes you implement as a leader directly impact the behaviors and outcomes of those you lead.
- Create a communications plan for your church. It is our job as communicators to remove as many barriers as possible between our guests and Jesus. Having a framework in place will allow you to remove those barriers.
- Gain insights and perspective from an outside source. Coaching can give you the outside perspective you may need to help you evaluate your ministry.
Strategy can be the game-changer for the effectiveness of the ministries in your church. Though it is decidedly more challenging than simply sitting back and watching things happen, it can make a massive impact.
Are you willing to ask the tough questions, get outside feedback, and craft systems, processes, and plans in order to see real life change and growth in your church?