Where There’s Slack There’s Lack – Part 8 of 8


It’s hard to believe that we’ve worked our way to the last post in our weekly, Wednesday “Where There’s Slack There’s Lack” series! If you have been taking this opportunity to spend some quality time with your systems over the last eight weeks, I trust that you are already seeing the effects. If you haven’t been following along, make sure you go back and check out all of the Slack=Lack posts.

Today, we’re going to wrap things up by looking at the system that sits above the other seven systems and ties them all together – The Strategic System. This is the system that asks, “How do you constantly evaluate and improve your church?”

Think of the Strategic System as your church’s annual physical. Just like with your body, if you don’t pay periodic attention to how the systems are working, disease can creep in. The Strategic System keeps your church humming along efficiently, by making sure that you are continually evaluating and improving all of your other systems.

To get an idea of how things are going with your Strategic System, ask yourself these questions:

  • When was the last time I checked in with my eight church systems? (Hopefully, this blog series has helped you with that one!)
  • How prepared am I for what God wants to do in and through my church?
  • Do my staff members know and understand our strategy?

Strategy has a bad wrap, but without it, we continue to re-invent the wheel week after week, month after month and year after year. A well thought out strategy will help you become more faithful and fruitful in every area of your ministry.

Take some time this week to think through your church’s Strategic System. Meet with your strategic team and discuss ways to improve your strategy. As you sow some time and effort into you Strategic System, you will reap the reward in your other seven systems.

Don’t skimp on strategy. It’s the thread that ties your church systems together.

Here’s your mantra for the week:

In my Strategic System, effort = excellence.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this blog series as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Let’s all commit to no more slack and no more lack!


P.S. – If you haven’t already, make sure you download the free Church Systems Report, which details all eight systems and how they work together.

P.P.S – For more on developing a strategy for your church, check out The Strategy Seminar.

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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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