One of those books which I highly recommend to any church leader is Simple Church, which Dr. Rainer wrote with Eric Geiger. We lawyers here at Church General Counsel are very keen on processes in churches.
- Good processes are documented, which is good if anything ever goes really wrong and I have to explain that process to a judge or jury.
- Good processes are repeated, which is good because I don't have to worry about variable practices that could harm the church.
- Good processes are monitored, which is good because any risky or illegal conduct that puts the church in harms way can be seen and changed before the church gets into trouble.
- Good processes are refined, which is good because the more efficient and effective the church gets the more secure the church can become.
- What does your research say about the efficacy of churches with clearly defined processes?
- How can churches best illustrate their processes?
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- What would you tell a church leader who asked how to measure and evaluate their processes?
- How can church leaders work to engrain processes into the very fabric of the church?
It's hard to overstate the importance of process in the church. Did you know the American aviation industry almost didn't make it off the ground (pun intended)? They were crashing too frequently for people to feel comfortable, so the pilots got together and created a pre-flight checklist: a process. With that process, aviation accidents plummeted and now it's safer to fly than drive. Churches really must get their processes in writing and accessible.