Scott Cochrane writes:
In my years as an executive pastor of a large church, and in my years working with hundreds of churches, these are what I have found to be the top 10 alignment problems that can stall your church:
- In meetings, lead team members only seem to discuss their own ministries.
- Proposed ministry plans and budgets bear little resemblance to the agreed direction of the church.
- The look and feel of the branding for various ministries in your church look nothing like the look & feel of the church brand.
- The vision statement for your church is strangely absent from any promotional materials for the various ministries.
- Each ministry has its own positioning statement.
- Increasingly, squabbles seem to be breaking out between ministries over space allocation in the facility.
- There are doctrinal inconsistencies among the ministries.
- Age-specific ministry events are so randomly scheduled, a family would never be able to be home together during the week.
- Ministries collect their own offerings to support their own projects.
- Each ministry has its own posted “Vision and Values”, completely disconnected from the church’s vision and values.