Churches, organizations and businesses today have policies and rules from here to the moon and back. The rules are endless, telling employees, students, volunteers and pastoral staff how to act, react, interact and more. Originally these were meant to give direction and guidelines that support the mission of the organization. At one time all of these policies and rules were probably beneficial. But anymore, many are excessive and are hindering organizations, without leadership even realizing it.
They could be the secret creativity killer even in your church.
Potentially unneeded and excessive policies contribute to the control factor. Under strict control, people often do less and aren’t willing to try new things. They stick with what works, doing things “the way they’ve always been done.” This makes people operate more out of fear, than out of willingness to contribute. Instead of offering brand new, innovative ideas, they timidly offer simple, plain, ordinary input, because they know it’s safe. Any leader that desires to make a difference cringes at the thought of having a “safe” organization. Additionally, morale drops. People begin to feel unhappy…Continue Reading