Step 4: Execute your plans with excellence
Once a strategy has been set, communicated, and planned for, it must be consistently reinforced. This happens when every process and activity in your organization is structured in a way that reinforces mission. This includes hiring, orientation, worships, performance reviews, staff meetings, social occasions, training, and recognition. The leadership team must take a personal interest in seeing that missional strategy is embedded in everything the organization does. .
Behavior A – Prior Year’s Planning: The Cost Center Meeting
When completed, the Annual Roadmaps are presented during the fall of the year to a small cost center conference involving the ministry leader, the leader’s supervisor, the treasurer, and an appointee. Input from the cost center meetings helps formulate budgets for the ensuing year. This input is then channeled to a decision-making team who weighs the relative merits of all proposals and decides on the final allocations.
Behavior B – Preparation of a Calendar of Activities and Events
Once budgets have been finalized, planning can begin on the activities and events for the coming year to accomplish mission. A centralized on-line calendar system keeps the entire organization aligned around key events.
Behavior C – Energize, inspire, and document effectiveness
- Healthy organizations use meetings, devotions, retreats as a way to inspire greatness and keep a laser-like focus on mission.
- The role of leadership is to “build capacity” in those you lead so that THEY may become effective--the ultimate measure of your success.
- If you assess what you wish to accomplish BEFORE you begin a project, you’re able to document growth and impact. Important!
From the time funds are voted, people hired, and plans laid, mission-driven organizations pursue excellence in the following ways:
1. Everyone participates in a program of assessment and growth
2. Everyone embarks upon personalized and continuous learning
3. Everyone is affirmed for unusually outstanding work(Matt 25:21)
High expectations become a way of life in excellent church organizations!
To help all churches and church organizations within the NAD plan strategically and collaboratively in order to reach excellence and accomplish mission
These and other on-line resources for this section will be downloadable without charge at www.ReachNAD.com. Watch for release details.
TAKE AN INVENTORY:
How well does your organization perform the four Behaviors described on this page? Refer to
The Advantage: How organizational health trumps everything else in business, by Patrick Lencioni, is a “must read.” Refer to pages 153-187.
A suggested format for cost center meetings will be found online at www.ReachNAD.org/
CostCenterMeetings R 212.
A format for an integrated office calendar” www.ReachNAD.org/
CostCenterMeetings R 212.
How to Conduct a Meeting:
ConductMeeting R 214.
The NAD in collaboration with the field is considering the production of a functional on-line Performance Excellence Template for assessment and growth of church leaders and staff. Watch for details. www.ReachNAD.org/
LeaderPerfExcelProfile R 225.