Assessing Three Risk Factors • Drifting Churches • Spark Church Creativity: Management Roundup
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Assessing Three Risk Factors • Drifting Churches • Spark Church Creativity: Management Roundup

1. Assessing the risk environment in your children's ministry. "(I)n general a church 'lock-in' represents a higher level of risk than a Sunday school class. But what is it that makes the lock-in a higher risk activity? That question can be answered by analyzing key risk factors. You need to know the level of risk in order to make informed judgments regarding the level of supervision needed. One assessment approach is to examine the following three risk factors: (1) isolation, (2) accountability, and (3) power and control. Each factor has an associated risk principle that can be used to provide an underlying sense of direction regarding supervision.

"The interaction of the three risk factors of isolation, accountability, and power and control establishes a risk environment. Risk environments are dynamic. A change in any one of the risk factors alters the environment. The best risk environment is one with low isolation, high accountability, and a balance of power and control"
(The Church Board Guide to a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy, by Richard R. Hammar, ChurchLawAndTaxStore.com).

2. Is your church drifting from its mission? "The authors (of Mission Drift) open with a warning: 'Without careful attention, faith-based organizations will inevitably drift from their founding mission.' Drift happens slowly, for reasons that make good sense at the time (why turn down a donation when the donor is only asking you to tone your Christian message a little bit?). (Peter) Greer and (Chris) Horst realized that their own organization (HOPE International) was on a path toward drift. But as they investigated, they 'found reasons to be optimistic that drift is not inevitable'" ("Leadership Shorts: Mission Drift," LeadershipJournal.net).

3. Intentional activities can spur church team creativity. "Innovative thinking is fueled when a wide range of talents, skills, and traits come together. If you want to enhance the creative potential of your team, develop the diversity of their skills. Here are two ways to get started:

  • Host creative events. Bring in outside speakers to give talks or workshops.
  • Seek additional resources. Gather your team to watch and discuss a TED talk, or form an ad hoc reading club to discuss books and articles of interest"

(Adapted from Innovative Teams (20-Minute Manager), hbr.org).

4. Incorporating exercise into daily routines pays off. "Scientific evidence shows that morning exercise can make us think better, work better, and become more productive. Harvard's John Ratey is the author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. He writes that exercise is essential for reaching 'high-performance levels in intellectually demanding jobs.'" ("16 Tips for Getting 90 Percent of Your Work Done Before Lunch," by Neil Patel, inc.com).

5. Notable quote. "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out." —Robert Collier (via Lolly Daskal, inc.com).

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