Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Why be Great?
I just finished reading Good to Great by Jim Collins and it really kind of wrecked me. There's really too much to go into in this post (but if you want to take me to lunch, I'll give you the full breakdown), but let me hit ya with this: Sometimes, especially in the churches I grew up in, I remember people talking about stuff in the church by using the phrase "good enough" -- the music was "good enough," the bulletins were "good enough," the work environment was "good enough," the ugly teal green carpet and pews were "good enough," etc. One of the things that has really changed in the church environment in the last 20 years is that you don't hear "good enough" as much anymore in churches. Most churches (at least ones that are growing) really strive to do things with as much excellence as they can muster. However, the one area that I sense a lot of "good enough" thinking is when it comes to church managment, leadership, staffing, etc. -- "that staff member isn't great, but they're 'good enough,'" or "our visioncasting and ability to meet goals is 'good enough,'" or "our employee retention is 'good enough,'" etc. Here's the thing -- here's my own holy discontent -- "good enough" is not enough. I believe that churches should be at the forefront of good business strategy and management. It's worth doing with excellence. Churches should be setting the standard for being great places to work, they should be a model of efficiency and excellence, they should be doing everything they can to understand what leadership means and how to do it well. After all, in my opinion, it's worth being great and not just "good enough."
Posted by charlesdean2 at 9:55 AM