Monday, July 13, 2009

Churches Without a Strategy

I had a meeting with this guy once. He told me that he thought churches should not make plans or form strategies to carry out those plans. I disagreed with him. Here’s why. If you have no strategy:

1. You give the loudest or most contrary person in the room the opportunity to decide what happens at your church.

2. High capacity people and sharp leaders who are accustomed to serving in organizations with clearly defined plans for future growth won’t stick around your church.

3. You’ll get to hone your debating skills as people argue about what to do next.

4. You’ll get to have more meetings! Where there’s no strategy, the meetings flourish.

5. Your church services will turn into a boring routine. Just the same old thing over and over and over again.

6. You don’t have to worry about celebrating success, because no one even knows what success looks like… and you won’t have any.

7. Rather than trying to discern God’s will for your ministry, you can just rely on dumb luck.

8. You don’t have to pray as much, because there’s nothing to pray for. As an added bonus, that means you don’t have to develop as much faith either—whatever happens…happens.

9. You can count the church offerings a lot faster, because people will save their financial gifts for organizations that actually have a plan for the money they receive.

10. Your lack of ministry strategy, which IS a strategy, will give you the results you currently have.

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