A Team Exercise – Defining Organizational Healthiness

So often we measure our success as a ministry by the “numbers”. We make the false assumption that if we are growing in number, then we must be healthy. We assume that growth is an indicator of health. True it sometimes can be a natural consequence of health. However it is not a true and accurate measure of health.

The truth is that a ministry can be growing and not at all healthy. The consequences of such a truth are doubly devastating in the end because of the collateral damage. Unhealthy organizations tend to  fall off into the ditch from their lack of health.

The World English Dictionary defines healthiness as: “functioning well or being sound”.

  • As a team, discuss this definition of health in the context of your organization. You may need to add some clarity to that definition to make it your own and to really apply it to your circumstances.
  • As a team, using that refined definition, take a few minutes and write the two words “Healthy” and “Unhealthy” in separate columns on a whiteboard or sheet of paper. Discuss together what the possibilities are for the following questions. Then write them down in the appropriate column.
    • Our organization demonstrates healthiness in the following ways ___________
    • Our organization demonstrates unhealthiness in the following ways ___________
    • We would like to increase the level of healthiness in our organization in the next 30 days in the following ways __________
    • We would like to decrease the level of unhealthiness in our organization in the next 30 days in the following ways __________
  • Now discuss what needs to be done to increase your overall healthiness as an organization and what needs to be done to eliminate any unhealthiness. What root causes can be identified that allowed unhealthiness to exist up to this point? What factors are contributing to the injection of unhealthiness into the organization?
  • Create the necessary action items and follow through accordingly. Don’t just talk about it, make the changes that you need to make.

How often are you and your team doing a “check up” on the health of your organization?

Often times, you may not be able to see the forest for the trees as it were, in trying to uncover your own issues of unhealthiness. If you need help from an outside perspective, let’s connect.

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About Ken McGarity

With vast experience as a successful entrepreneur and active in ministry leadership for many years, Ken McGarity is most recently engaged as a Church Growth Consultant and Strategist, as well as Christian Leadership Coach to today’s up and coming Christian leaders.

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