Organizational Intelligence

Leaders have an opportunity today that has not existed before in the history of the church:  to listen to those they are called to lead and serve.    In accordance with the command to be “quick to listen, slow to speak”, leaders can now listen to an entire group rather than those who are simply the most vocal or strident.  We call this information organizational intelligence (OI).  OI offers leaders a comprehensive, three dimensional view of the church rather than a patchwork of opinions and guesses.  Whether developing a vision for the church, managing a pastoral change, conducting a financial campaign, or developing a governance or staff team, leaders consistently find their work more effective and more rewarding when it includes OI.

 

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For Churches

We have been using OI to help church leaders make critical decisions for nearly 35 years.  We have the experience of working with nearly 1,300 churches across the U.S., congregations of every size, setting, and type, including Protestant, Catholic, and non-denominational congregations.  We take pride in our ability to guide clients through an assessment process that is clear and effective using instruments developed especially congregations, governance teams, and church staffs.  Our resource team includes seasoned veterans who have served effectively in church settings and are skilled at helping church leaders apply organizational intelligence to the challenges they face today.

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For Regional Associations

We have assessment tools designed especially with regional associations in mind that can help leaders listen to parish leaders, regional association staff members, and governance teams.  With all the resource challenges facing regional associations, OI offers regional association leaders an opportunity for transforming their interactions and interventions with the congregations they lead and serve.  By using OI to expand their information beyond the traditional “count data” of membership and finances, regional association leaders (Bishops, Executives, Conference Ministers, Association Pastors) and their staffs can help churches avoid strategic dead ends, discover sources of best practices and fruitfulness, make calls to pastors that are a better fit to the congregations that call them, and detect and deal with problems before they reach the crisis level.

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For Schools

There are 25,616 private elementary and secondary schools in the United States, and another 4,500 degree granting institutions.  Many of these schools and their leaders are new in the last 10 years.  We use OI to provide leaders with information to better understand how parents, staff members, faculty, and board members are perceiving and experiencing the school’s mission and environment.  Equipped with reliable organizational intelligence, leaders can move with greater confidence to hire executive leadership, set strategic direction, manage staff, and develop the leadership team.

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For Camp Ministries

Like parish ministries, church camp ministries face significant resource and programming challenges.  However, these are particularly difficult for camp ministries given their episodic and infrequent contact with the folks who participate in their ministries.  OI can help camp leaders gauge how well they are serving participants and users of their facilities.  OI can also indicate which investments might have the biggest positive impact on camp utilization.  In addition, we use OI to help leaders discover which factors are most significant for donors as they decide how they will financially support the camp.

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