- Dan Reiland
These past two weeks several from the 12Stone staff team and I had the privilege to teach some of the best and brightest students I’ve ever met. Each week covered a Master’s level course for Wesley Seminary. (Great school and programs!) The first week was Strategic Leadership: Vision to Execution and the second week was Relational Influence for Ministry Effectiveness. What I did not expect is how much I would learn. I’m a learner by nature, so I should have anticipated better, but wow, this was extraordinary. Thirty-seven church leaders from all over the country came to 12Stone® Church. Nineteen in the first course, 24 in the second. (Six took both!) They taught me much, and I’m sharing some highlights I think will benefit you. These courses were one week intensives, so we had a lot of time together including meals, worship and prayer. But we also seemed to match “lectures” with incredible Q & A, case studies, and candidly, a lot of laughter. Five things I learned, or re-learned in a deeper way:
1. You can’t hide culture and DNA.The students noticed and commented on how much the 12Stone team were all deeply aligned with core values, principles and passion. We perhaps expressed things a little differently according to our individual personalities, but nonetheless it became so obvious the classes would call it out! It became fun banter every time it was noticed. They said they appreciated and respected what they saw and heard. Quite a compliment! So, let me ask you. What part of your culture and DNA is so strong that others visiting would soon notice?
2. The church struggles with execution not vision.The first course focused on Vision to Execution, the second course touched on it briefly as well. Both acknowledged the need for a fresh review on the aspects of a clear and compelling vision, (as well as the qualities of a visionary), but the great need in nearly every church was execution.
- Failing churches make no plans (strategic plans).
- Average churches make plans, but falter in commitment to execute.
- Good churches make plans, and intermittently stick to them.
- Great churches make plans and execute to completion.
- Disciplined diligence is the key to stick to your strategic plan!