5 Goals of Systems and Structures

by | Sep 8, 2022 | Church Health, Church Leadership, Church Revitalization

A healthy organization has good systems and structures.

That statement will surprise some of the people who have worked with me in the past. I can be known as someone who runs from rules at times. I always say a stop sign in a parking lot is a suggestion. “Wet paint” signs to me actually read “Test me”.

But an organization is only as healthy as the systems and structures put into place. I’m not always the best ones to create them, but I recognize the need for them.

I have learned through the years of leading that the healthiest organizations continually evaluate their systems and structures. They do so with a few goals in mind.

 

5 goals for systems and structures:

 

Empowerment.

 

Good systems and structure eliminate bureaucracy and put more authority with the people actually doing the work.

 

Communicate.

 

People will always feel like there are things they don’t know. This is especially true during times of fast growth or constant change. Leaders have to constantly tweak systems and structures so the “needed” communication flows freely.

 

Accountability.

 

In this one, you have to tread carefully to avoid creating controlling environments, but people need boundaries within which to work. Again, these are not meant to control. Make sure that is clear. Yet, good systems and structures provide checks and balances along the way to ensure everyone is making progress.

 

Scalability.

 

The structure at its’ best should allow you to do more work, faster and easier.

 

Protection.

 

The people and the organization are “covered” by good systems and structures. You’ve got to have these. I always say, “I don’t want us to end up on the front page of the newspaper.“ To guard against that, we need protection that the structure can provide.

 

Based on these five goals, is it time to evaluate your systems and structure?

 

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I am CEO of Leadership Network. I was previously pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church, a church leader and the planter of two churches. I am passionate about planting churches but also helping established churches thrive. I love assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy, and life. My specialty is organizational leadership, so in addition to my role as a pastor, as I have time, I consult with church and ministry leaders. I have more than 35 years of leadership experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and have been in full-time ministry for over 15 years. I have successfully led the restart of one church and the planting of two churches, and now we are seeing God’s hand tremendously in church revitalization. I have a seminary masters and a master’s in organizational leadership. I also once helped lead (as an elected official) a mid-sized city, where I served as Vice Mayor and Finance Chair. The greatest times for me are with my wife Cheryl and our amazing adult sons, Jeremy, his wife Mary, and our youngest son Nate. Over 20 years ago, I founded a non-profit ministry called Mustard Seed Ministry, which provides devotional resources, conducts family, marriage, and parenting, and church leadership seminars. My INTJ personality on the Myers-Briggs indicator means I have big ideas, I love creative and critical thinking and I love to see progress. I am usually around people but crave downtime. For years I was usually training for either a half or full marathon. Running was my most productive thinking time. Knee problems in recent years have caused me to stop running, but I’m committed to finding the time I need to fuel my mind, body, and spirit. I write several times weekly on leadership, church, and family. To sign up for my blog on a reader or by email, click HERE. I do interact with my readers, so feel free to contact me. You can email me at ron.edmondson@gmail.com.I am also on Google+ at http://www.gplus.to/ronedmondson, Twitter at www.twitter.com/ronedmondson and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ronaedmondson. My devotional site is www.mustardseedministry.com