If It Ain’t Broke, Fix It


One of the sayings that we use when I facilitate communities for Leadership Network is: the hardest model to change is the one that works. When a system is working, the tendency is to keep that system the same until there is an indication that something is broke. The problem with that strategy is by the time the leaders have discovered there is a problem, it has been running off of the rails for a while.

We have to be constantly tweaking and changing our processes to meet new challenges. What worked last year or even last month, probably will not work the same now.

People’s needs change. Styles change. You change.

I am not saying that you need to completely blow up your systems every year, but you should take natural down times to examine and adjust if necessary.

We just had a very successful student camp. We will sit down with the leaders in a couple of weeks and look at what needs to be adjusted or changed to make it even more amazing next year.

We had over 80% of our adults in community groups last fall for the first time. We are working hard right now to tweak our connection strategies for this year so that it is even easier for people to jump into community.

When you sit down with your leadership team to plan out your next steps, don’t always just look for the things that are broken. Take some time to examine what is currently working well, and are there opportunities for it to work even better.


About Chris Surratt

Chris Surratt is a ministry consultant and coach with over twenty-three years of experience serving the local church. Chris served on the Executive Teams at Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and Seacoast Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He is also the Discipleship and Small Group Specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources. Chris's first book, Small Groups For The Rest Of Us: How to Design Your Small Groups System to Reach the Fringes, was just released by Thomas Nelson.

Posted on June 17, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I love this post. When we stay ahead of the curve by regularly looking for needed changes, we greatly reduce the possibility of situations arising which will ‘force’ us to make changes quicker than we would like. I would much rather have 3-6 months to implement a change I’m not excited about than to be forced to make something happen in a month or less.

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