Is Your Church Healthy?
This week I have been reading another great book: #TheAdvantage, by Patrick Lencioni. The theme of the book is organizational health. This topic could not be more important for the Church in the 21st Century. If you have never read a book by him you are missing it. I have learned much from him.
Lencioni said, “The single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health. Yet it is ignored by most leaders even though it is simple, free, and available to anyone who wants it.” Churches, like most companies, have certain things they measure and manage. Health is not on most leader’s radar.
Everyone would agree that a healthy Church is far more effective than those that are unhealthy. Healthy companies are far more likely to grow, keep employees, and make the bottom line increase. This is a concept most Churches need to consider, study, work at, and make a priority. Healthy Churches will reach more people, have more committed members, and be in a position to please the Lord in more respects.
Lencioni went on to say, “The health of an organization provides the context for strategy, finance, marketing, technology, and everything else that happens within it, which is why it is the single greatest factor determining an organization’s success. More than talent. More than knowledge. More than innovation.”
The question I want to leave you with is: can we humble ourselves enough to determine if the organizations we lead are really healthy or not? We will ignore this issue to our own peril. Just as each of us realize that we will be better off if we stay healthy, the same is true with the groups we lead.
It is easy to ignore this and keep on going. The fact is that the Church will never achieve its full potential if it is not healthy.
Time to start checking the vital signs! What do you think are the vital signs for the Church?