Five Aspects of Organisationally Healthy Churches

Five Aspects of Organisationally Healthy ChurchesNovember 10, 2018
Organisational Health

This post is part of the series on 15 Keys to Church Health and focuses on the importance of Organisational Health, which is one of the three aspects of Church Health.

When a church is organisationally healthy, it will have both a mindset and resources focused on a successful mission. There will be no distraction, confusion or division. Organisational Health is the measure of a church’s organisational focus towards its stated purpose.

There are 15 keys to church health. Five of those keys encapsulate a church’s organisational health. They are:

Church Health

 

Organisational health is the term to describe how these five keys work together and align.

Each key interacts with each other and impacts every level of the church. The defining measure of organisational health is ensuring that five of these keys interconnect, build together and flow in the same direction. Because each of the five organisational health keys influences the other four, deliberate and intentional leadership is required to build well. Unaligned organisations are affected in more ways than they realise and unfortunately, it seems that churches are the worst culprits for this kind of error.

Why is Organisational Health important?

When there is strong organisational health, there is focus, momentum, people-growth, resources, and activity all flowing towards the same goal.

What happens if Organisational Health is lacking?

There is a lack of focus and clarity, confusion, disunity and wasted time, energy, resources, finance, and frustrated leaders, people and efforts.

Weak organisational health indicates one or more of the following issues:

  1. An unclear or unknown mission, which means that there is no guiding principle to define success. Time, resources and energy will be wasted on endeavours not part of what the church originally set out to do.
  2. A vision that is not clear or mission-centric will result in no goal to aim for, or no guiding picture defining what success looks like. The church will meander, function reactively, or jump from fad to fad in the endless search for formulas of success or ‘silver bullets.’
  3. Church cultures that are at odds with the vision will result in beliefs, preferences, attitudes and behaviours existing that may be counter-productive to the vision. There won’t be the internal attitudes in the church to move towards the vision in unity.
  4. A structure in the church that does not serve the vision shows itself through an inability to maximise available resources, or results in a church that is process, people or structure-centred instead of vision-led.
  5. Any strategy that is unhealthy will not advance the mission. Because strategy demonstrates the church’s priorities and direction, an unhealthy strategy would manifest as no clear or consistent steps forward, and no momentum to bring about change. The urgent will dominate the important, or there could be a paralysis of analysis as no-one seems clear on what should be done next.

Simply put, organisational health is a significant factor in the success of any church. A simple assessment based on these five elements will identify current issues and allow them to be addressed decisively.

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