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Structure is one of the most common lids to growth in a church.

It can free you up to move toward the vision that God has given your church—or it can chain you to the past. Either way, it’s your choice.

Your structure can free you up to move toward the vision that God has given your church—or it can chain you to the past. Click To Tweet

But how do you know if a restructure is in your future? These helpful tips below will help you get going in the right direction.

1. You’re Perfectly Structured to Get the Results You’re Getting

Here’s the good news: You’re perfectly structured to get the results you’re getting today. Don’t like the results you’re getting? It might be time to change your structure.

2. Ride What You’ve Got as Long as You Can

Structure changes don’t solve everything. Before you get too antsy to change your structure, ride out your current structure as far as you can while remaining healthy.

3. Structure Can be a Lid or a Pathway to Growth

Structure can keep your church stuck. A proactive structure change can help you plan and prepare for future growth. (Because if you’re not ready for growth, you’re not going to get it).

How do you know if a restructure is in your future? These helpful tips will help you get going in the right direction. Click To Tweet

4. Span of Care

C-level staff can typically manage 5-10 direct reports successfully. When your span of care goes beyond that, it’s time to change things. (If you want to read more on this topic, check out this article by Harvard Business Review: “How Many Direct Reports?”)

5. Lines of Communication

When internal communication begins to slow down and information no longer flows quickly between departments or layers of the organization, it may be time to restructure.

6. Streamlined Decision Making

Often structure can be a significant lid to decision-making and the growth of a church. When you have to check with multiple committees, teams, stakeholders, and then re-check again before taking a vote, it might be time to restructure.


[Free Webinar] How to Restructure Your Church Staff

 

Leading an organizational restructuring process is one of the most challenging—and often painful—things a leader has to do.

Watch the replay of this event where Tony Morgan and The Unstuck Group are revealing the three key steps to restructuring your staff—and the tools you’ll need to get there.


Need help figuring out how to restructure your church staff?

We love helping churches position their staff teams to fit both the ministry and the individuals involved. Our Staffing & Structure Review process can help your church staff to its vision.

Paul Alexander

Paul is a Ministry Consultant with The Unstuck Group. Paul has more than 20 years experience serving in the local church, the last 15 of which have been on the Sr. Leadership Teams of some of the nation’s leading mega-churches. Currently, Paul is serving as the Executive Pastor at Sun Valley Community Church, a large multi-site church located in the Phoenix area.

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