Monday Follows Sunday : You know what, but do you know how?

Monday Follows Sunday : You know what, but do you know how?


Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

What is the church’s function? That should be an easy answer. The Great Commission is pretty clear, right? So that is today’s article – make sure you are giving your whole self to this task. Have a great Monday…….

ok, I know…. the next thing that comes to mind is HOW!?

The how is a little more complicated. The how can get lost in organizational bureaucracy, institutional confusion, or systematic inefficiency. But believe it or not, it is not the systems fault. Any system is made up of people. Yep, that’s you!

The system, organization or institution can actually help you, if it is a flexible, open, clear and efficient system. The first step to this is clarity. Are people clear on their purpose as a part of fulfilling the mission? Do they have the support and encouragement to do that well?

Any system has processes and procedures, formal or not, and it takes a while to learn or unlearn the best way to do things. Be patient with yourself, because it will take time. (Tip: In addition to learning what is happening where you serve, be sure to continue to read about theories and practice in other places and contexts.)

So today you have a reading assignment…

In my research of efficient organizational systems, I can across this great article : 5 Classic Mistakes in Organizational Structure: Or, How to Design Your Organization the Right Way.

The image of a parachute vs. a rocket is so great. ws_Rocket_launch_night_1152x864

Think about that in the context of the Great Commission – is your church a parachute, holding back the energy of God’s work, or a rocket, propelling the Kingdom forward?

So how do you move from one to the other?

1. Draw a picture of your church’s organizational structure, as it is today.
2. Draw your ideal organizational flow, if things were perfect.
3. Honestly evaluate the purpose and function of each part. Compare the charts and see if there is clarity on who, what, when and how each function/person accomplishes the purpose. Redraw as many  times as necessary.
4. Begin conversations to move from the “now” to the “will be”.

Remember: Get clear about your purpose. Discern your place. Become a rocket for the Kingdom.

Monday Blessings,

Some resources for your work in this area:

Church Unique by Will Mancini

Church Unique Visual Summary

 Church Administrator Handbook

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