Early on in my career and ministry, everyone around me advocated the need for systems and told me I needed good ones to succeed. However, no one ever really took the time to explain what a system is and how to build one from scratch! Today I will do just that.
First, let’s talk about what a system is. Here’s my definition:
A system is a bridge (process) that moves things and people from where they are to where they need to be, and keeps them there.
A budget is a bridge that tells our money where to go and how it goes there.
A meeting is a bridge that tells everyone where we are, where we are going, and how we plan to get there.
A ministry is a bridge that tells everyone how they can get from where they are now to where they want to be, and stay there! So what systems do we need to build?
What You Need to Know to Build a System
5 questions must be answered:
- Where are things sitting now?
- Where are the people now?
- Where do they need to go?
- How do we want to take them there?