Align to the Vision: Free Download to Unify Your Team

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Have you ever been a part of a church that had a mission statement, but every ministry within the church was focused on doing its own thing? It’s as if there are many “churches” competing for people, financial resources, space and attention under the roof of one church.

With that in mind, last week I wrote about the “5 Foundations for Eliminating Ministry Silos.” I mentioned the importance of finding unity in purpose, core values, leadership, strategy and communications.

Let me help you take another step beyond that encouragement. Here’s a tool that Centerpoint Church in Murrieta, California has rolled out to make sure each of their ministries is aligned with the church’s vision.

The “Align to the Vision” tool (free download) was developed by Gene Mitchell, a volunteer leader at Centerpoint. Gene is a retired Senior Director with the McDonald’s Corporation.

As you’ll notice, the tool provides a framework for conversations with every ministry leader to make sure the ministry is aligned with the church’s overall vision. Among other things, the tool encourages leaders to clarify the win, determine what’s important now, implement tactics to support the strategy, define timelines and appropriate measures.

In other words, they’ve decided you can’t have alignment without conversations that provide coaching and accountability for both staff and volunteer leaders. This is the system they’ve embrace to shift behaviors that will produce results. Of course, the indirect benefit is that it also facilitates leadership development.

What are some other examples of systems you’ve used to make sure the ministries align with your church’s vision? Join the conversation by sharing your comment.

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About Author

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.

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