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Congregations as Systems. Congregations are spiritual & human social systems that are complex, connected, and changing constantly. We typically underestimate the complexity. Congregations are open systems everything in them affects everything else.

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Congregations as systems

Congregations are spiritual & human social systems that are complex, connected, and changing constantly. We typically underestimate the complexity


Congregations are open systems everything in them affects everything else
Congregations complex, connected, and changing constantly. are open systems everything in them affects everything else.



Components of a congregational system
Components the same.of a Congregational System:


Congregations as systems

  • Mission the same.& Vision

  • Boundaries

  • Context

  • Heritage

  • Leadership

  • Ministry

  • Feedback



Congregations have personality understand your congregation s unique culture and environment
Congregations have the same.personality.Understand your congregation’s unique culture and environment.


Every change changes everything a change in one area will ripple through the entire system
Every change changes the same.everything.Achange in one area will ripple through the entire system.


Congregations as systems
The Past is Always the same.PresentEverything that happens in a congregation becomes a permanent part of its identity.


Congregations as systems

Congregations Talk Their Walk the same..Leaders frequently overlook or misinterpret streams of information that are readily available. People are constantly giving us feedback by what they say or do.


Congregations as systems

Congregations Change in Order to Stay the Same. the same.Congregations naturally alter their behavior to maintain the status quo. Maintaining the status quo provides stability and continuity for the group. Find the right balance between stability and transformational change.


Congregations as systems

Solving a Problem Can Make Things Worse. the same.Often the apparent problem and the real problem are entirely different. Use caution when applying quick-fix remedies. Take the time to find the real solution to the real issue. Systems get exactly what they are designed to get.


Congregations as systems

Strategic Points of Leverage Exist Within Systems the same..Points of high leverage are often in places that are counterintuitive – they don’t seem obvious or probable. Leaders must probe beyond the surface to find the real issues that are at play. You must have accurate diagnosis and high leverage intervention.


Layers
Layers the same.:

  • Events,

  • Trends,

  • Systemic Structures,

  • Mental Models.


Five why s
Five Why’s the same.