- Governance (daily steering) enforces (or acknowledges) Policy.
- Policy is intended to support strategy
- Strategy is intended to describe the “how” to deliver a vision
- Vision is the “why” destination or outcome to be pursued
- Mission is the cause to be accomplished
- Objectives – are the key milestones to achieve along the way
God or Man ?? – Some, all or none of these can be God-breathed or man-made.
Chinese -Whisper-Experiment – Communicating these to different groups of people, over the carriage of time creates the opportunity for mis-translation of detail which if left unchecked guarantees that the end destination will be missed.
Questions: Who is the visionary ? What was the original vision ? Was the vision written down ? Has the vision been fulfilled ? Is it time for a new/next vision ?
Motivational Checks: What is the desire ? What is the motivation ? Who wins ? Who gets (more) power ? Whe gets (more) influence ? Who gets (more) money ? Who gets (more) comfort ? Who takes (less) risk ? Who is serving who ? Who has authority and on what basis ?
In the church, the design, testing and implementation of “Organisational Structure, Governance and Policy” is intended to be supplied supernaturally by the Holy Spirit via the Gift of Administration. The irony is that the world actually understands this principle better than the church, and constantly attempts to emulate the early church organisational format to produce explosive organic growth.
Sadly, the Gift of Administration is often buried in local church assemblies, and usually identified as rebellion or a threat to incumbent religious leaders who are fearful of change, or fearful of losing control.
This means incumbent church leaders invariably have to lean on man-made programs, plans and schemes to operate the church, rather than the authentic heavenly pattern.
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