These practices can be seen as a single operating system for your church. Avoid competing operating systems and conflicting information that can cause a breakdown or paralyse ministry. Get an upgrade. Reformat your hard drive and install a clean system. Rewrite your internal code so that everyone is clear about what is important and how they should function. Make these practices an essential part of the style and culture of your ministry.
They are not:
- Church growth principles, though they have an impact on how you grow.
- The same as your mission, but can be are strategic in helping you accomplish your mission
- The same as your values, but they determine how you apply your values.
- Theological principles, but they compliment your passion to teach truth with relevance.
- The only practices, though they are the some of the most critical.
See them more as DNA and your distinct ministry style. Use them to remind your team members how and why they do what they do.
These seven practices can help you to:
- Protect the simplicity of your organisation.
- Keep your staff and volunteers moving in the same direction.
- Create environment that are focused and relevant.
- Evaluate the success of your ministries and programs.
- Export your style of ministry to new and existing churches.
I hope that you gleaned some helpful insights the this book review.