Sustainable Church Growth Through Alignment – Part 1
Builders may agree on WHAT the building will look like, but if they don’t agree with the HOW then there are going to be problems. As you begin or continue with your church growth program you will need to make sure your team members are all in alignment. First you must identify the type of growth you are trying to accomplish.
There are two basic types of growth. They are “Opportunistic Growth” and “Sustainable Growth”
· Opportunistic Growth is something that just happens, people just show up, you’re in the right place at the right time but it is very short lived. There is nothing wrong with using opportunistic growth to support short-term objectives.
· Sustainable growth is repeatable, systematic, and aligned with the goals of the organization. Sustainable growth is also born from internal and external alignment of the organizations departments and teams.
The difference between opportunistic and sustainable growth for a church is the difference between being a flash-in-the-pan versus having long-term viability.
Sustainable growth happens through ALIGNMENT!
Question: What is alignment?
Answer: Leaders and Departments uniting to a common purpose and process and implementing it into the life of their ministry.
Why alignment is so powerful?
· Creates continuity through each generation
· Keeps everyone moving in the same direction
· Promotes Teamwork
· Keeps everyone speaking the same language
The systems of your church will either create alignment or cause confusion. How do you make sure that “what is on the wall” (vision, purpose, mission statement) is “happening down the hall” (in the place of ministry or department)? Alignment.
Here are some keys to building alignment…
1) Get the current team moving in the same direction.
2) Recruit and hire based on process.
3) Keep all leaders accountable to the purpose and process.
4) Give clear expectations – defining what behavior is expected.
a) Team realizing the importance of their place in the vision.
b) Team understanding the devastation of misalignment.
c) Your team can never live out what you DON’T tell them.
6) Reward – what gets rewarded gets repeated.
7) Consequences – Alignment is that important.
The Goal of Alignment is unity not uniformity – you are not trying to get everyone to be the same and have no individuality or creativity. The objective is to obtain complete unity on the process. If you do this then you are agreeing on the “Majors” and your conflicts will center more on the minors.
What happens when your team is misaligned?
a) Ministry loses focus
b) Multiple directions
c) Unachieved goals
d) Fragmented team
e) Loss of synergy
What are the causes of misalignment?
a) Personal agendas
b) Strong personalities
c) Difference in philosophy of ministry
e) Lack of communication
f) Lack of focus
Next time we will look at how you can correct misalignments, and various ways to help your team through the changes that all churches experience in order to achieve sustainable growth.
Until next time,
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“One of the first things we recognized is that most managers don’t know what management is about. Alignment is the essence of management.”
Fred Smith, CEO – Federal Express
Posted on September 19, 2009, in choices, church growth, Leadership, Relationships, Team and tagged alignment, church growth, sustainable growth, team building, Techniques of effective leaders. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.