The principle of having the right people in the room.

These past couple of months I have been learning a ton about strategic planning at the core ministry level and its affects on multiple sites. One of my greatest learnings is the importance of having the right people in the room when the plan is laid down. That goes for first impressions, assimilation, communication, specific ministries, next steps, etc…

This is a principle that goes beyond multi-site and is very practical for the church running 50, 500, or 5,000 plus.

Sometimes we as staff in the church make decisions without having the right people in the room. Or we make assumptions that we have the right people in the room. My concern for us in this is that we make decisions we “think” are in the best interest of the organization when in reality they may not be.

And don’t think this is just a church thing. It happens in all types of organization. This past week while Stephanie was in the hospital she and I had the opportunity to talk with 2 ladies in post op about their procedures of post op care listed on the wall above Stephanie’s bed which was the acronym, “SHARED”. Now SHARED is the hospital administrations 6 steps of care that is suppose to be used by every department; however, we learned the truth by those in the trenches. The ladies shared with Stephanie and I that no one in the trenches uses those 6 steps because they are not practical and they do not transfer between departments. In fact, one of the ladies sad, “Ahh… you know how it is, some of those ivory tower decisions without knowing how things really work.”

WOW… might it be said of you and I that we have and/or are making “ivory tower decisions”. I sure hope not. I know that the team that I have the great privilege of serving alongside are working overtime to make sure we have all the players in the room. We are not prefect by any means, but we are working at having the right people in the room.

Just a thought as you look to future planning.


  1. I think in a way you are highlighting the difference between strategic planning and doing life together in community. Sometimes the missing piece of information resides in the least likely member of the community.

    And in light of that bit about community: sorry that we have been out of town during your recent crisis! We’ve been keeping up to date and are happy that you have seen God working through the events of the last few days. Our prayers are still with you and Stephanie.

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