We live in a time where growth and expansion are buzz words. In spite of the constant decline in most industries the business world continues to flaunt these words as if we are in pre-recession. Most businesses I am acquainted with, have been negatively affected by the economic struggles of the last few years.
Our church has seen a decrease in normal offerings, but continues to do quite well overall. I am not really participating in the recession on any level. I stand on God’s word and His ability to supply all our needs, despite the condition of our economy and the futurist who predict our outcomes.
We are actually planning expansion in several areas of our church in the coming months. Expansion is never easy especially in times such as these. Regardless of the economy, the rules of expansion are always similar.
Here are a few thoughts about expansion and growth.
1. Expansion should be strategically planned
Forced expansion normally creates reactionary leadership rather than strategic planning. In this situation, we scramble to stay on top of the growth, and are unprepared for the outcomes. Failure or stagnation is normally the result.
2. Expansion requires identifying new leaders
As we know, everything rises and falls on leadership. In order to successfully expand your organization you must identify and empower the new leaders that can facilitate your growth plan. Without the proper leaders the expansion would fail due to lack of leadership and mismanagement. You must choose your leaders prior to planning any expansion!
3. Expansion requires an investment
As we prepared to expand several departments our tension was to train and compensate the new employees before they were actually needed. The training would be a little costly and drive up our pay roll percentage for several weeks. You must see this as an investment and not an added expense. One key decision to control cost was to promote an existing employee, rather than hire an outsider. In my experience, this is always more cost effective.
These 3 simple tips will assist you in getting ready for expansion. Our future is now primed for expansion and the end result should be growth and prosperity.
Our God is able to bless us in incredible ways as we respond to His strategies.
Let’s get ready,