There is a popular phrase often attributed to Peter Drucker that says, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” After a time of careful research, I discovered that there is actually no evidence that he ever made this statement. In fact, there is no evidence that any leadership guru ever said it. It appears many different statements from several leaders were merged together over a period of years. Thus, “culture eats strategy for breakfast” burst onto the scene. And with its arrival came the notion that strategy is really not that important in leading an organization…
I grew up in the church.
Each Sunday, I would sit in the pew, listen to the sermon, watch the offering plate pass around, finish with the Lord’s prayer, and that was my Sunday. I would say that I enjoyed my church, but looking back, one significant aspect was missing:
It was never explained why we give, how we give, or what we give – we just gave.
Many years ago, I visited a town in Arizona called… wait for it… Nothing. You’ve probably not heard of Nothing, Arizona because, well, it’s essentially nothing. Here’s the sign that hangs in the center of the town:
Talking with your leadership team about money is rarely easy. Changing the way you spend it is even harder.
If you’re working with your leadership team to implement a strategic plan, it’s important to start a healthy conversation about finances to effectively navigate this touchy subject together.
I’m growing more and more convinced that the worst thing a church team can do is try to reach a consensus about something. On the surface, reaching a consensus seems like a positive thing because it means everyone has agreed to move in the same direction. That’s a good thing, isn’t it?
Thousands of churches across America have adopted a portable strategy for their church, and movie theaters have become popular options. But we’ve noticed a key area where churches who meet in movie theaters consistently get stuck: children’s and student ministry.
A lot of people are talking about creativity in the church right now, and it’s raising some tension in me (and maybe in you too?). We’ve been haggled on both ends of the creativity spectrum over the years. On the one hand, we’ve bought into the rationale that says, “God hasn’t called you to be creative. He’s called you to be effective.” Therefore, copy & paste at will. On the other hand, we resonate with the thinking that says, “All ministry is local.” Therefore, creative contextualization is the only way to impact a locality. It’s a tough balance to strike, really. And if you add the complexity that multisite churches bring to the table, this can be a serious monkey on our backs as leaders.