Some time ago, Seth Godin said something that grabbed me, “One of the most powerful things you can do is focus your entire organization on a single goal, a single idea, a single way of doing things.”
The church is beginning to realize the wisdom of this statement!
For a long time the church that has the most programs has been considered to be the most “successful” church. That is changing.
Churches are realizing that no church can do everything, but every church can do something!
Churches that are discovering their “Something” and doing it with a high degree of excellence (a result of focus, strategic planning, intentional resourcing, and saying “NO” to everything else) are becoming the new benchmark for church leaders and churches seeking to become more effective!
Several books have been written about this subject:
- Seven Practices of Effective Ministry – Andy Stanley, et al
- Good to Great and the Social Sector – Jim Collins
What’s being said about simplicity on the blogosphere:
- The team from Elevation Church has a great list of “Practical Principles” – check out #6 for more on this idea of simplicity. They are learning out loud about discipleship, leadership, church structure, assimilation, children’s ministry, etc. on their blog Access Elevation.
- Malcom Young, the Connections Pastor at Ridgestone Church has written a post on the Ridgestone Backstage blog called “Keep it Simple” in which he discusses the Ridgestone approach to simplicity.
Think about it…
- If we had $10,000 to spend and 20 ministry groups to divide it between, and we divided it equally… each group would get (hang on… I’ve gotta get a calculator)… $500.
- If we had the same amount of money but only 10 ministry groups… each group would get… $1,000.
- Now imagine if we had three ministry group, and the same amount of money… each group would get (if we divided it equally, which I’m not necessarily advocating)… $3,333.33!
- See what I’m getting at? If we focus on less… we get more!
I think this move to simplicity is a good one!