systems

Simplicity versus Complexity

The debate between “simplicity and complexity” is ongoing.Some organizations have tried on “simplicity” like it was a suit they wear for special events. But until “simplicity” becomes part of an organization’s DNA, organizations drift back and forth between the two.The tendency of most organizations is to make complex systems. And the bigger we get, the more complex we get. It’s much easier to add to our systems instead of replacing outdated systems.

How to Build Effective Systems

One of the most important and most misunderstood part of church growth is systems. In this podcast you will learn how to develop effective systems and why they are so important to your ministry.

  1. Design a ______________ defined process. a. Clarity is the ability of the process to be communicated and understood by the ______________ . b. How’s your ______________? c. To build an effective system, we must determine what kind of ______________ we wish to produce in our church.

  2. Create ______________ in your ministry. a. Movement is the sequential steps in the process that causes people to move to greater areas of ______________. b. Focus on the ______________ . c. Plan your programs in ______________ order. d. Designate a clear ______________ to your process. e. Consider the “ ______________?”

  3. ______________ all of your ministries, staff, and volunteers around the same simple process. a. Resist complexity and pursue ______________ . b. Choose what potentially works ______________ over what is presently working. c. Ask these 7 questions of your team: What are we doing ______________? (Let’s optimize) What’s ______________? (Let’s change) What’s ______________? (Let’s clarify) What’s ______________? (Let’s add) What are the ______________? (Let’s avoid) What are the ______________ ? (Let’s exploit) What could we ______________ that no one would miss? (Let’s cut it out)

  4. Narrow Your ______________. a. The more you focus each environment, the greater the ______________ . b. The more you focus each environment, the better the ______________. c. The more you focus each environment, the higher the ______________ . d. The more you focus each environment, the stronger the ______________.

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Episode Resources

How to Build Effective Organizational Systems (podcast)

Systems won't grow your organization, but faulty systems will definitely stop it from growing. Leaders grow organizations and the right systems protect leaders. For example, in the church world if you lack adequate parking space, your church will stagnate in growth. An adequate parking lot won't guarantee your church will grow, but it can certainly limit it's growth. In today's Leaders Factory Podcast we're going to address how to build effective organizational systems and how to identify the systems that might be limiting your growth.

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9 Areas that Grow in Your Organization:

  1. The Leader
  2. The Leadership Team
  3. Systems
  4. Numbers
  5. Finances
  6. Expectations
  7. Facilities
  8. Word
  9. Spirit

How to Build Effective Systems

  1. Design a clearly defined process.
 Clarity is the ability of the process to be communicated and understood by the people. Ask, how’s my how? Church leaders must define more than the purpose (the what); they must also define the process (the how)
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  2. Create movement in your ministry. Movement is the sequential steps in the process that causes people to move to greater areas of commitment.
 Like an Olympic relay team, focus on the hand-offs. Plan your programs in sequential order and designate a clear entry-point to your process, then ask “Now What?”
  3. Align all of your ministries, staff, and volunteers around the same simple process.
 Resist complexity and pursue simplicity.
Sometimes that means we must choose what potentially works best over what is presently working. As new ministries begin, ensure they understand how they fit into the overall picture.
  4. Narrow Your Focus. You have to do less if you want to grow more.
 The more you focus each environment, the great the relevance, the better the connection, the higher the quality, and stronger the impact. 

Focus is the commitment to abandon everything that falls outside of the simple ministry process.

To have simple systems, you must implement a process that is clear and moves people. You must insist that all ministries align to the process, and you must refuse to allow it to become cluttered.

Question: How's your organizational hows? Are they simple of complex? Please leave a comment in the "Leave a Reply" box below.