Do you use systems? When I talk about systems do you struggle to understand what it’s like to build and implement them? In this episode we are going to talk about developing systems that work.
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Developing Systems that Work
What behaviors do we need/want?
So what’s the difference between a good system, a bad system and an effective system? An effective system is one intentionally designed for achieving specific outcomes. Getting a good idea of your current situation and your (intended) future situation is an important step.
What environments/behaviors/actions can we control to better improve a specific situation? I recommend doing this as a team and just starting to discover the holes and to what depth they go to in your ministry?
What will make this system effective?
At this point, the job of you and your team is deciding what will actually make this system work well. You ask questions of culture and context at this point. You realize how simply moving things around might seriously change things.
Who and how will we run this system?
Remember, systems are about creating a replicative pattern for folks to follow you as they join in ministry leadership. Developing how the system will be implemented will affect who you get to run this system. For us, an external system usually gets run on paper and in person and internal ones take advantage of digital technology.
The easiest (and most effective) system most churches need to build is a visitor follow-up system. So gather your team and make a system! Make sure to let me know about it.
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Welcome to the 50th Episode of Productive Pastor! I am going to help you learn how to discern big goals in this episode…but until then, there is even more awesome stuff I want to share with you.
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How To Discern Big Goals
I hear from folks constantly needing help about goals. Some people need helping creating systems and checklists and others have a tough time actually filtering what is worth being a goal. Let me take you through three movements of how to discern big goals.
Think about these things. Here are the first questions I use…and I’m sure you can come up with more.
- What would radically change things?
- What holes exist currently?
- What problems repeatedly arise (handle this proactively)
- What would give us a new “normal”?
Take the time to think about what could be. Think about what a new future reality could look like.
- What would the environment of completing this goal look like?
- What would be different?
- How would it be different?
This is the space where you think about what manipulating and changing parameters could do.
Now begin putting these things together. I’m a big fan of sitting down and taking a massive amount of notes. Don’t worry about building it into systems and pathways yet.
- Step your goal back.
- Begin creating steps
- Find mini-goals
- Discern if your main goal is way too big. How can you transform this into a reachable win?
- What are the bottlenecks in your way? How can you fix them?
- What do you need to do to cause the dreams to happen?
Mentioned and Recommended Episodes
Lists and Bottlenecks
Digging yourself out of a hole
Project Management 101
Rich Birch on Project Management