I like his definition of a SYSTEM: Saves You Stress, Time, Energy and Money.
Searcy proposes eight systems for churches:
- Weekend Service System (How we plan, implement and evaluate your music, preaching, transitions, offertory, etc.)
- Evangelism System (How we attract people to our church)
- Assimilation System (How we take people from their first visit to fully developing members of church)
- Small Groups System (How we fill and reproduce small groups in our church)
- Volunteer System (How we mobilise people for ministry)
- Stewardship System (How we develop strong givers)
- Leadership System (How we develop staff, lay leaders and high-powered volunteers)
- Strategic System (How we evaluate the above systems for constant improvement)
He also includes a helpful diagram about the importance of good systems and good people. It got me thinking about where our bad systems might be frustrating good people.
Have a read of this very short ebook.
Do you agree with the proposed systems? Can you think of any other systems that should be included?
I wonder if there's scope to include some kind of discipleship system – how to develop members who will be constantly growing in their faith, love of God and others. But perhaps this is covered by the other systems.