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Without vision, the people perish. Granted, that’s a bad translation of Proverbs 29:18, but the proverb itself is spot on. The problem is that most church visions teeter on a balance between insipid and impotent. Which is one of the reasons why so many congregations are going through the motions of “doing church” instead of […]
A mission statement defines the purpose of an individual, group, business, or institution. Ostensibly, a mission statement defines the “end result” of the organization’s activities. “Shareholder profitability” may sound self-serving, but that is exactly the results expected of a publicly held corporation. The reason so many churches’ mission statements don’t achieve the expected results is […]
You probably hear it as often as I do. “Trying to get them organized is like herding cats.” Whether it’s being applied to the stewardship committee, the congregational council, or the local minister’s alliance, it’s an apt simile whenever you come across a pack of individuals who are more interested in getting what they want […]
Excerpt from Chapter 7: Step 3 Vision “It’s been said that good ideas are a dime a dozen. Everyone has at least one good idea … and most church members have at least a dime’s worth. But good ideas are just that. They’re good ideas. And the problem with good ideas is few of them […]
Excerpt from Chapter 6: Step 2: Mission A really big mouse has a really big heart. In fact, its heartbeat is so strong and so compelling its rhythm captivates everyone who hears it. It’s not quite an enchantment, but when church leaders fall under the spell of a big mouse’s heartbeat they begin to act […]