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Why Most Small Churches Don’t Use (Or Need) An Organizational Chart
When small churches follow a strict Org Chart, people end up filling positions instead of operating within their talents, gifts and passion.

That’s why sticking with a static Org Chart in a small church usually leads to frustration. Church members end up filling positions instead of operating within their talents, gifts and passion. Before we realize it, the Org Chart is telling people what they’re supposed to do, rather than being led into new and exciting ministry opportunities based on people’s talents and spiritual gifts.

On the other hand, a dynamic small church has no Org Chart to follow, and no pre-set positions to fill. Ministries change and adapt as people come and go, or as their abilities and availability changes.

In a dynamic small church, there will be certain ministries that will only last for the tenure of the member who runs it. This can be very frustrating for the pastor who tends to be highly organized, but it is great for the pastor and church that is constantly seeking to learn, adapt, grow and experiment with new ideas.

Dynamic And Organized

As a rule, newer churches tend to be more dynamic, getting more static as they get older. But they don’t need to become static if they don’t want to be.

Newer churches tend to be more dynamic, getting more static as they get older

If we realize this tension and tendency, we can decide to ride the wave instead of locking everything down. It’s possible to help a church with a static culture become a dynamic ministry that adapts to changing needs, capitalizes on its members’ gifts and talents, and is open to God doing a new thing in a new way.

How? That’s a question we’ll tackle in an upcoming post, 5 Steps To Move A Church From A Static To A Dynamic Organizational Style.

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July 27, 2018 at 10:15 AM

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