I love what I heard Andy Stanley said once, “Your system is perfectly suited for the results you’re getting.” It’s quite easy to have no system and therefore have practically no results. So, a bad system that produces “bad” results is at least a place to start and measure it’s success.
I’ve helped train 100’s of pastors through The Sticks Network, and one thing that consistently sticks out in my mind is how few leaders and churches have systems in place for the most vital parts of their church.
It’s easy to be so focused on “results” that we neglect those who make up the results! I’m certainly guilty of this and have to check myself all the time.
We need a system that can capture a need in our church body and walk it through until the need is met, or at least all reasonable attempts have been made.
This is on the top of our list at Cornerstone. We’ve found a great need to know how, why, when, what and to whom we need to communicate information.
-When: 4weeks out? 2 weeks, week before? How many times?
-What: Graphic? video? Blog
-Who: Whole church, just small groups, just kids parents, etc.
Calendar big events for each ministry. This is vital for success. We must budget: Money, Emotional strength & Volunteer hours. Looking at a large scale calendar can help you plan out what to do, where to spend, and where to go for the year. This will make what you do much better because you can plan for the greatest impact.
If you don’t have at a “bad system” for each of these you are intentionally handicapping your ability to effectively reach your community.