You don’t have to know a lot about cars to be able to tell when your vehicle has an alignment problem.
One of the first signs can be when your car starts to drift to the side.
And you know that, left unattended, this could lead to serious and expensive damage later on.
Similarly, your church can experience misalignment which, left unchecked, can lead to serious problems: lack of momentum, misdirected leadership energy, lack of unity on the staff, or even people leaving the church in a huff.
Instead of moving your church forward, your church can start to drift sideways.
The good news is that, if you catch the symptoms early enough, you can take corrective measures to keep things on course.
In my years as an executive pastor of a large church, and in my years working with hundreds of churches, these are what I have found to be the top 10 alignment problems that can stall your church:
1. In meetings, lead team members only seem to discuss their own ministries.
2. Proposed ministry plans and budgets bear little resemblance to the agreed direction of the church.
3. The look and feel of the branding for various ministries in your church look nothing like the look and feel of the church brand.
4. The vision statement for your church is strangely absent from any promotional materials for the various ministries.
5. Each ministry has its own positioning statement.