I remember reading Good to Great by Jim Collins during my Business undergrad days at Baylor. It’s a classic book and I wish I had a dime for every time I’ve heard someone say, “start by getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats.” However, I can vividly remember starting my time in ministry and realizing Collins thoughts are a lot harder to actually put into practice, particularly in the ministry.
I never realized there was a Good to Great and the Social Sectors until this semester. This small little monograph is full of helpful direction and thoughts. In ministry I have particularly struggled regarding Good to Great with getting the right people on the bus, meaning there is someone I have to let go to make room for someone to come on board. Letting people go in the church is a difficult sensitive process and is rarely worth the damage it can cause. This is why I really appreciated Collins approach in Social Sectors and his acknowledging that it really is “more difficult to get the wrong people off the bus” in Social Sectors. Collins goes on to give hope and direction for filling the bus with the right people by stressing the importance of an “early assessment mechanism” and how a “lack of resources is no excuse for lack of rigor—it makes selectivity all the more vital.” One area that Collins never acknowledged that I have found in the church is that it is more important to get the right people on the bus then it is to get them in the right seat. Of course, you can’t put me in the Worship Pastor seat, but I have found that pastors wear many many hats and cross disciplines more then most business executives that have specialized roles. Often if you can get the right Church person on the bus it can help the entire team and the roles sort themselves out. Probably not always true but it has been in my experience.
I also really appreciated Collins stressing the importance of discipline. Collins said, “A culture of discipline is not a principle of business; it is a principle of greatness.” This is a message many of our churches have forgotten or ignored. I think it can be easy to embrace the tenured mentality on a church staff instead of constantly living a life of discipline and striving for greatness for the sake of the Kingdom. If anyone has the motivation for discipline and greatness it should be the church as we take the love and truth of Jesus into a hurt and broken world. There is no doubt that the church should function different from the business sector but we have a lot we can learn from each other and striving for greatness should be something the church seeks more then we currently do.
 Jim Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap–and Others Don’t (New York, NY: HarperBusiness, 2001), 41.
 Jim Collins, Good to Great and the Social Sectors: a Monograph to Accompany Good to Great (HarperCollins, 2005), 14.
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