Category: Healthy Church Network blog

As Senior Director for the Healthy Church Network, Mike works with many churches as they find ways to be more effective. This blog is aimed at giving the local church leader what’s needed for ministry at the next level.

Getting to the Next Level – Part 2 of 4

Last time, we began introduced our journey through the three key elements of getting your church to the “next level.” This week, let’s look at the first of these–Excellence. 1. Excellence Excellence asks the question, “Are we doing things well?” As the label implies, this element focuses on the quality with which we do what

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Getting to the Next Level – Part 1 of 4

It’s the question we’re asked the most in the church health world, “How do we get to the next level?” Of course, the idea of “next level” can mean many things. It can speak to effectiveness, community impact, attendance or membership, and perhaps other elements of the local church agenda. But typically, the one asking

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You or Your Organization May Be Plateaued If… (Part 12)

You or your organization may be plateaued if… If your talk of the future easily drifts into talk of the past. It’s the bane of the plateaued organization—a past that knew some success now magnified into a history we wish to repeat. Talk of yesterday is a waiting syllable on the tongue of leaders who

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You or Your Organization May Be Plateaued If… (Part 11)

You or your organization may be plateaued if… If you’re looking for a “magic bullet” to bring the results your organization needs. In a plateaued organization, it’s easy to decide that the successes others are experiencing stem from a single discovery or just that one step that separated them from us. After all, we would

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You or Your Organization May Be Plateaued If… (Part 10)

You or your organization may be plateaued if… If you are hoping for new results to appear while simply doing what you’ve always done. Most of us are familiar with the definition of insanity—doing what you’ve always done and expecting different results. In the plateaued organization, this mindset has become a subtle mantra. Things will

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You or Your Organization May Be Plateaued if… (Part 9)

You or your organization may be plateaued if… If people don’t take responsibility for current realities. We have already seen how people in a plateaued organization tend to blame others for their collective inability to move forward, but there’s a deeper, and perhaps less obvious, indicator of plateau in many of their conversations. In plateaued

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Your or Your Organization May Be Plateaued If… (Part 8)

You or your organization may be plateaued if… If you or your coworkers have ever said, “that’s not my job.” Imagine you’re playing football (or watching your favorite team) and your opponent fumbles the ball right in front of one of your teammates. But, rather than pounce on that loose ball, your player just stands

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Your Organization May Be Plateaued If… (Part 7)

You or your organization may be plateaued if… If you lead primarily through processes and policies. Organizations that are driving forward with great success tend to do so because they are principally driven by vision and by the new relationships that are forged through that vision. Along the way, various organizational decisions must be made,

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Your Organization May Be Plateaued If… (Part 5)

You or your organization may be plateaued… If you say “no” more easily than you say “yes.” Organizations on the rise are always looking for ways to climb higher. Organizations that are plateaued think differently. Most will either look for ways to solidify the height they have climbed or be certain that no decision will

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You or Your Organization May Be Plateaued, If… (Part 4)

You or your organization may be plateaued… If your people have different ideas of why you do what you do. In the world of the local church, we have easily observed that the primary cause of plateau is “lost vision,” particularly in the pew. Likely results are similar when those within any organization lose track

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