My friend Tony Morgan has a GREAT post this week at his blog. It talks about a new study that found many business executives do not believes their company’s strategy will lead to success.
Tony draws from that study why churches might not have a clear strategy for life change.
I think these are spot on:
Churches are afraid to define success. They realize that if they establish a clear vision for their future, there’s a new level of accountability from leadership, staff and the congregation. Or, if they do define a vision, it’s so broad that it doesn’t establish any focused direction for where the church is going.
Churches aren’t willing to go through the hard work of establishing and implementing a strategy. It’s just easier to worry about next Sunday’s service instead. Because of that they may have a mission statement hanging on their wall or printed in their weekly bulletin, but they’ve never clearly defined their priority actions to see that vision accomplished.
Churches find it too easy to play the “faith” card. They’re trusting God. They’re praying for results. But their lack of planning, action and accountability indicates to me that they are poor stewards of the people, gifts and resources that God has provided to fulfill his mission. Ironically, this lack of planning and strategy could be an indication of a lack of faith and obedience.
Churches are filled with pastors who are not leaders. Leaders have to build and empower teams. Leaders have to clarify vision and strategy. Leaders have to focus people around priorities of purpose. In other words, sometimes leaders actually have to lead. If you choose to lead strong, you can’t make everyone happy. It’s impossible. And, because many pastors are people pleasers, it’s difficult, if not impossible, for them to articulate a clear vision and strategy.
What do YOU think? Does YOUR church have a clear strategy for life change?