How does your church make decisions? Who makes the decisions? How timely are decisions made?
What we experience in many churches is that making decisions is difficult and that many churches do not have a process that helps them. In fact, the decision-making process is so poor that I now ask churches, "What is your process for making decisions?" Most often these leaders do not have an answer.
Here's a tree to help you and your church make better, more timely decisions:
Step 1: Consider Your Core Values
Your core values are the foundation that gives your church its sense of individual identity, provides direction, and are foundation upon which decisions are made. Run the decision through your core values. Your goal is to determine the consistency of the decision with your core values. The values decision answers the question can we say yes to this decision? Ask these two questions:
1. Is this decision consistent with and connected to our core values?
Step 2: Consider Your Mission
Now you are looking at how this decision connects with your church's mission, that statement that describes why your church exists. Your mission statement answers the question should we say yes to this decision?
Step 3: Does the Decision Dovetail With Your Vision?
Your vision is what you wish to see come to being in the next few years. Ask the question: does this decision contribute to accomplishing our vision? At this step you are answering the final question of will we say yes to this decision?
When Jared and Laura King moved into North Seattle to embed and plant
Missio Church, they had a three part dream for their neighborhood:
two and saw glimpses of the third.
Over a year ago, it was clear that drug deals were being done on
their corner. Jared contacted and talked to a narcotics officer and
some other officers who asked if he and the neighbors would be
willing to keep track of the comings and goings of suspect vehicles,
record their license plate numbers, and help the police build a case
against the drug dealers.
30 neighbors got together for a pizza party to plan and start a
neighborhood watch. As they texted and called each other with
information over the past several months, they grew as a community.
And this week, the police called to say that the vigilance of this
group led to the arrest of two men who were running a drug ring
covering all of North Seattle.
This victory goes beyond slowing the flow of drugs into the
community. It is a victory for Missio's credibility as a fledgling
church and for the neighborhood's transformation into a community.
Those of you who participate in the prayer movement have been praying
this month for M.G., a woman who is going through a divorce. Working
with others to make a difference has given her a glimpse of hope.
If you'd like to join the prayer movement to pray for people like
M.G. and the work of church planters across the nation, sign up here .