(This is part 5 of a 7 part series. You can read part 1 right here)
If I knew then what I know now, I’d work smarter to get the right people in the right seats…on the bus. What do I mean? One of the most important principles from Jim Collins’ Good to Great is “First Who, Then Where.” What he is saying is that getting the right people on the bus (his metaphor for building a winning team) is more important than even developing a vision for where you’re going. No doubt you’ve heard the phrase, “getting the right people on the bus.” It’s become a very common expression and most people get the basic idea right away. But Collins takes it one step further, and this step is often missed in application. He goes on to say that once you’ve got the right people on the bus you’ve got to get them in the right seat on the bus. Short of that, you’re not really going to have the impact that you want to have.
Where does this have application for all of us? The right people are often already on the bus. They’re serving in some capacity. They’re involved. But many times they’re really not serving in the area where they can have the greatest impact. They got recruited to a ministry…that was urgently in need of a body…and no one ever repositioned them to the role where they could make the greatest difference.
This is both a glaring problem and massive opportunity for many, many churches.
If you want your small group ministry to have impact, you’ve got to have key players, the right players. It may require repositioning some key players from one seat on the bus to another. Is that a problem-free solution? No. Will it ruffle feathers? Yes. Will you need your Senior Pastor’s help? Probably. Is it worth the effort? Absolutely. If you’re convinced that small groups are the optimum environment for life-change, and if life-change is the ingredient that drives impact on the community, then getting the right people into the right seats on the bus is essential.
This is part 5 of a 7 part series. You can read part 6 right here.