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8 Church Systems to Save You Time and Stress
By: Nelson Searcy

We all use systems to help us accomplish our objectives every day.

I used them especially when I travel. In speaking to pastors and church leaders across the country, I check in and out of hotels regularly. Until recently, I used to leave something behind almost every time I checked out Ė cell phone, charger, keys or something else. So I developed a system Ė I now put all my miscellaneous things on top of the television, rather than scattered around the room. And now I donít have to waste time and gas money going back to hotels to pick up the things Iíve left behind.

This simple system is doing what a system is meant to do. A S.Y.S.T.E.M. is any ongoing process that Saves You Stress, Time, Energy and Money. Good systems function under the surface to keep things running smoothly so that you can concentrate on more important priorities.

The church also has systems working beneath the surface. Even if you donít know yet how to identify those systems, much less keep them healthy, they are there, both simple and complex, ready to help you achieve Godís purposes for your church.

The eight systems of every church are interconnected. While some may be more developed than others, none of these systems can stand alone. And since a church is a living entity, like us, the well-developed systems run whether we are thinking about them are not.

1. The Worship Planning System
The Worship Planning System, or the Weekend Service System, helps you plan, implement and evaluate your weekend service(s).

2. The Evangelism System
Some refer to the Evangelism System as the system that inspires you to ask, ďHow do we attract people to our church?Ē

3. The Assimilation System
The Assimilation System is your plan for taking people from their first visit to being fully-developing members of your church.

4. The Small Groups System
Believe it or not, it is possible to have 100% church participation in small groups by having a strong Small Groups System in place.

5. The Ministry System
The Ministry System, also known as the Volunteer System, determines how you mobilize people for significant ministry at your church.

6. The Stewardship System
We will never disciple a church of extravagant givers if we donít have a Stewardship system in place that allows us to train, educate and nurture them.

7. The Leadership System
As your church grows, you will need to develop staff, lay leaders, and high-powered volunteers.

8. The Strategic System
The Strategic System sits above the other seven systems, and serves as the evaluation tool that ties them all together.

God has shown us since the beginning of time that He is into systems from the planets to the soil.  He wired the planets to operate through systematic patterns. He created the soil to produce through strategic systems of sowing and reaping. Following the trends that God has put in place is the best way to reach this world with His glory.

If you look at the way He set things up, and then align yourself and your ministry accordingly, you can start every day with the assurance that youíre doing His will. Letís do our part to maximize these eight systems fully so that God can work through them mightily.

There are simple ways to measure how each system is functioning, no matter what stage itís in. For more in-depth training, pick up my FREE e-book, ďWhat Gets Measured.Ē PLUS join me on a FREE webinar on the 8 Systems of a Healthy Church. Just visit www.churchleaderinsights.com/whatgetsmeasured

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist. He is the founding pastor of The Journey Church in New York City, San Francisco and Boca Raton, Florida. He has personally trained more than 50,000 church leaders as founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network.









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