90 Second Leadership – Creating a Recruiting Culture: Systems
In discussing the six components that help your church create a recruiting culture at every level of your leadership pipeline, we’re going to talk about systems.
Now before we do so, I want to talk about what’s above the line (Scripture, strategy, and structure) and what’s below the line (systems, skills, and style). What’s above the line is often visible to everyone in your church, whether or not they’re serving. What is below the line is primarily seen by volunteers, leaders, and staff in your church. So as we move into the next components of shared values, I want you to understand we’re moving below the line and behind the green curtain.
Systems are often the least favorite subject for two kinds of people: the innovators and the keepers of the status quo. To the innovator, systems seem antiquated, cumbersome, and only slow us down. To the keepers of the status quo, established systems are the only thing that keeps the church from self-destruction.
Over time, no church drifts toward simplicity. We have a tendency to drift toward complexity, and we often create new processes, new paper trails, new policies, and new procedures without killing off what isn’t working or is no longer needed. Sometimes things are working just fine; they’re just working differently in every ministry area. That leads to inefficiency, duplication of effort, and confusion among our volunteers and leaders. Remember what we talked about in structure. The same is true for systems.
Once your systems are clarified and aligned, write down your processes. It’s impossible to share the ministry and give it away to someone else without writing it down.
If you want a recruiting culture, you must address your systems holistically. Now that you know the importance of systems, what are you going to do about it?