As a church consultant, I find that some of the most effective tools in my box are good, strategic questions. Good questions are always clear and easy to present, but often difficult to answer. As a big fan of Will Mancini www.willmancini.com, I often use his five questions to discover where a congregation is. Here are those questions:
The mission question: What are we doing? Mancini says that the trouble with most pastors is that they lead from a general sense of mission, rather than a clearly focused sense of mission.
The value question: Why are we doing it? Our values are our motives that guide our actions reveal our strengths.
The strategy question: How are we doing it? Can you draw a “napkin sketch” that illustrates your “how”? Mancini says that we often confuse ministry means with ministry ends. When we are not clear, we tend to measure our means rather than our ends.
The measures question: When are we successful? He states that a lot of churches just count attendance and income. Circuses can count these – what makes your church different from a circus.
The vision question: Where is God taking us? This is unique to every church (hence, Mancini’s book “Church Unique”).
So next time your team is debating some proposed activity or new ministry, it may be helpful to fall back on these questions before making the decision.