I was honored to have Andy Stanley as one of my personal mentors for several years. As you can imagine, I learned so much from him. As much as anything, he helped me understand the power of simple systems.
When I was 28 years old, Andy told me something I’ll never forget. He said:
“Shawn, every church is perfectly structured for the results they’re getting now.”
Thanks for that one, Andy! I’ve not told you that enough!
After pastoring for nearly two decades and consulting with hundreds of churches since then, I am convinced that this law of church growth stands true:
Church systems are perfectly designed to produce the results they’re getting now. If they want better results, they have to improve their systems.
Why does a church spike in attendance, only to shrink back to the same water level of attendance? The church is perfectly structured for the results they’re getting now.
Why do churches see guests come in every week, new baptisms every year, and yet maintain the same attendance? The church is perfectly structured for the results they’re getting now.
Why has your church settled in at a certain attendance? You are perfectly structured for the results you’re getting now!
How does a church grow? A big part of the solution is improving the systems that can allow your church to effectively steward and shepherd new growth!
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This post was originally published at CourageToLead.com.