We may look different on the outside, but underneath each one of us is a function of common machinery. We all have hearts that pump blood, even though we are different blood types. We all have senses that take in the world, though in some of us one sense is more elevated than another.
In the same way, all churches are made up of the same exact systems, even though we may view and utilize them in slightly different ways based on our individual calls to ministry.
The question isn’t whether or not these systems are in place, but whether or not they are being maximized.
The eight systems of every church are interconnected. While some may be more developed than others, none of these systems can stand alone. And since a church is a living entity, like us, the well-developed systems run whether we are thinking about them are not.
If we are disinterested or lazy about growing and maintaining our systems, they will not produce the results we want. In other words, slack equals lack.
There are simple ways to measure how each system is functioning, no matter what stage it’s in. So whether your church is like a brand-new baby, just starting its journey of growth, or like a robust adult in the prime of his life, it has eight systems in place waiting to be utilized and maximized for life changing results. Let’s take a look at these eight church systems, from the outside in…
1) The Worship Planning System
The Worship Planning System, or the Weekend Service System helps you plan, implement and evaluate your weekend service(s).
2) The Evangelism System
Some refer to the Evangelism System is the system that inspires you to ask, “How do we attract people to our church?”
3) The Assimilation System
The Assimilation System is your plan for taking people from their first visit to being fully-developing members of your church.
4) The Small Groups System
Believe it or not, it is possible to have 100% church participation in small groups by having a strong Small Groups System in place.
5) The Ministry System
The Ministry System, also known as the Volunteer System, determines how you mobilize people for significant ministry at your church.
6) The Stewardship System
We will never disciple a church of extravagant givers if we don’t have a Stewardship system in place that allows us to train, educate and nurture them.
7) The Leadership System
As your church grows, you will need to develop staff, lay leaders, and high-powered volunteers.
8) The Strategic System
The Strategic System sits above the other seven systems, and serves as the evaluation tool that ties them all together.
Your partner in ministry,
P.S. You’re invited to join me on a FREE Webinar I’m leading this week and next, called “The Introduction to Church Systems Webinar ”
You will discover the eight systems of a healthy church and how you can begin to improve each of these eight systems in your church.
Best of all, this webinar is FREE for you to experience from the comfort of your home or office (all you need is a computer with speakers or headphones and internet access – no phone line or long distance required)!
Join me for this FREE webinar where you’ll learn:
- How healthy church systems honor God
- How to distinguish system problems from people problems (and why your people may not be the problem)
- How well designed systems save you stress, time, energy and money
- The 8 systems of a church (and the vital role that each system plays)
- The relationship between good systems and good people (and how to maximize your church’s effectiveness through each)
- How far church systems can take your church (and what systems can’t do)
I’d like to share more about these systems with you this week or next on a FREE, 75-minute “8 Systems of a Healthy Church” Webinar. Choose from one of these nine convenient times:
- Tuesdays @ 11:00am, 2:00pm & 7:00pm Eastern OR
- Wednesday @ 11:00am, 2:00pm & 7:00pm Eastern
- Thursday @ 11:00am, 2:00pm & 7:00pmEastern
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