Every winter, with just the right amount of cabin fever, I seem to muster up the courage to try to watch some kind of scary movie. Predictably each time, I am crunched down in my seat in the middle of some horrifying scene, hands over my face, listening, but not really listening, to what is happening. When the scene is over, I will then, without fail, turn to my husband and say “what happened?”
Perhaps one of the most common things in working with churches that we hear is trepidation about what the Organizational Intelligence will find. This fear can lead the church and its leadership to miss key pieces of its ministry and what is happening. One of the best pieces of advice I ever received in litigation is to find my case’s weakest part – then take that weakest part head on and address it. Do it before the opposing counsel gets to it or the judge notices it. As an attorney this helps you control the narrative, and, hopefully, set the course for how your client’s story will play out.
It is simple advice really, but it is not instinctive. It takes the old adage “find their weakness and exploit it” and turns it on its head. It instead forces you to know your weakness, face it, and grow from there. Perhaps most surprisingly, in my experience, acknowledging the weakness and calling it what it is can help focus move onto what is strong and where the greatest potential lies.
As someone new to this work, to me, this is what Organization Intelligence does. It takes out all of the guesswork. It removes the hands from the eyes and makes you watch the entire movie. With this new whole vision, Organizational Intelligence places the control for the course of action back in the hands of the congregation and its leadership. It helps churches discover what their weaknesses are and gives them an opportunity to turn those weakness with their strengths into instruments for change. And what can come out of this intelligence and this new direction is something we, at Holy Cow! Consulting, get to see everyday.
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6.
President, Holy Cow! Consulting