Sunday, May 19, 2013

Take Away Thoughts

This is a Myna bird in Maui having a snack on the onion rings left by a previous lunch-er.  He was in heaven until the waitress saw him and said, "Oh!  Party over!" and took the basket away.
I was in a meeting today about metrics.  I'm still trying to process what was presented, but here are a few "take away" messages I wrote down.  Some of these are destined to be expanded into their own blog posts, but for now, let your mind wander over these thoughts:

  • Christianity is about change.  (I liked that one.  It was an ah-ha moment.)

  • As a church, we have disconnected ourselves from our environment.  It is time to reconnect.

  • A vital congregation requires a very clear identity and a very clear purpose.

  • We are not here to save the institution.  We are here to use the institution.

  • Do churches know more about who they used to be than who they are?

  • A system gets (i.e. achieves) what it measures.  In other words, we get what we pay attention to.  (I'm still moving this one through my mind.  Do you agree with it?)

  • Without measurement, purpose devolves into preference.  If we have no purpose, we measure whether people are happy by counting complaints.

  • The purpose of problem solving it to return a system to what it once was.  We don't have a problem -- we have a new mission field and new opportunities.  We need to stop being problem solvers.  Churches don't need to be fixed; they need to be changed.

More to come.

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Blogger birdwatcher said...

Your comment about measurement of purpose reminded me of managment lessons that a goal without objective measurement was simply a wish. In anything in life,how can we know if we are progressing without some method of measurement. And how to we measure growth if not against previous standards? Extend the goal, lift the bar higher.... Thanks for the point of reflection.

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