May 30, 2022
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Healthy churches have these 3 things in common

3 church business principles to live by and grow your church.


There are probably quite a few more than just three, but three stand out to me from tons of churches that I’ve evaluated.  Here they are:

1. Never start something without the right leader.

Starting an initiative with a leader that has passion for it will give you a higher percentage chance that it won’t fizzle out.  A leader that has a clear purpose for the initiative and knows how to build a team around him/her can assure you that it will get done well and won’t add pressure to others that are already working on something else.  The “right leader” is also someone that knows how to cast vision and build a team of volunteers around them.  Passion only goes so far.

2. Never do something without a purpose.

I’ve seen too many churches fill their calendars with good ideas or things that they’ve done in the past without challenging it first with the question, “What is the purpose for this initiative?”  That purpose should align with the mission of the church completely.  That means your mission should be extremely clear, so that you can use it as a filter to do less things with more excellence.

3. Never assume it was good without the proper evaluation.

Everything that you do will get some positive feedback and some negative feedback.  Even if it’s all positive, that doesn’t mean that you should do it again.  The feedback from the people shouldn’t be the only measurement of success, or they would be leading your church.  They aren’t, you are.  Find three to five measurements that can be evaluated after an event to verify that the purpose was accomplished.  If it wasn’t, you can certainly celebrate the event, but at the same time either change it for the future or scratch it all together.  People will appreciate that you are a leader that leads on purpose.

James Boyd

Business Owner, Consultant, Author, and Pastor

In 2011 James Boyd and his wife, Tracy, moved their family from Michigan to Naples, Florida, to take the helm of a dwindling congregation struggling under the weight of financial deficit. Armed with faith, prayer, generosity—and a good dose of proven business experience—James restructured the internal workings of the organization in accordance with sound finance and business principles.

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