Feeling the Fall
For those of you in church leadership, I suspect you’re feeling the intensity of the busy fall season. I’ve only been in full time ministry a little over four years but it didn’t take long to realize that the fall is one of our “crazy busy seasons”. As everyone settles back into the routine of school, they also tend to recommit to their church routine. As a result, we as church leaders work to improve, revamp and reengage our ministries.
In addition to all of the ministry initiatives, there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work that I’m doing with our team. As the organizational/staff leader of Cross Point, I spend my days working on the foundational elements that I believe are critical to running the business of the organization and stewarding our resources wisely. Oftentimes churches get criticized for being too much like a business. I think I understand the sentiment, but I would push back that churches should be run even better than the best businesses out there.
I believe the church should be the best run organization period.
It comes down to stewardship. I believe I have a responsibility to lead our organization in such a way that we are stewarding all that God has entrusted to us with the utmost integrity.
- Developing systems and processes that help train, develop and draw out the strengths & gifts of your staff
- Rigorous performance plans for staff with measurable goals and frequent discussions about performance
- Constantly evaluating organizational structure and making changes that best serve the people we are called to reach
- Creating operating budgets that are scrutinized by several layers of leadership and are evaluated monthly
- Developing systems, processes and checks & balances for all expenditures
- Providing avenues for clear and constant communication
- Challenging the system – the way we’ve always done things, isn’t always still the best way
What would you add to the list?
Do you think it’s possible for the church to be the best run organization in your community?