3 Reasons Systems are Important for Your Church

3 Reasons Systems are Important for Your Church

Ben Crawshaw
Have you evaluated your systems lately?
Even churches (should) have systems.
It’s how to remove the stress of ministry while growing a church.
In fact, there is great benefit to systems that you will experience right away:

1.  You don’t have to start with a blank page. You can use these documents, spreadsheets, and checklists as a template or a guide. Many churches just use them exactly as they are. Others tweak them, saving tons of time in the process.

2. You will be more effective. When you have systems and processes, you will work smarter, not just harder. You’ll discover you have time to do real ministry instead of just cleaning up problems all day.

3. You’ll stop stressing people out. If you think you’re stressed because of a lack of systems, your volunteers and team have it twice as bad. One of the biggest benefits of healthy systems is the positive effect it will have on your people.

Areas of Ministry That You Should Have Bullet-Proof Systems for to Achieve Maximum Ministry Effectiveness:

1. Small Groups

2. Staff Development

3. Pastoral Care & Counseling

4. Volunteer Recruitment & Development

5. Offering Times

Systems are your friend. And so are solutions.

Here’s what will happen when you create healthy systems …

1. You will see better results if you fix the system. Many of the problems you face are systems problems, not people problems. You can blame a person, but a good person in a bad system will produce mediocre results.

2. You will save money. There’s a very real, tangible benefit to getting yourself organized – you’ll save real money. How much money is wasted because of poor planning? Rush jobs, overnight shipping, and high premiums can be avoided with some extra time that healthy systems will give you.

3. Systems allow volunteers to function at a higher level. If you create a good framework around your people, you’ll see them soar to a higher level. Too many times, we make the mistake of handing something broken and ineffective to a volunteer in the hopes that they can fix it. But nobody wants to jump on a sinking ship. Create a good system, THEN volunteers can thrive.

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