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Building on a Broken Foundation

By Doug Franklin January 24, 2011

Great ministries are built on solid foundations. A solid foundation requires mission, vision, and values. A solid foundation includes the right people as well as clear policies and procedures. When all these things are in place, great ministries are ready for construction. Most ministries, though, are built on a broken foundation, and their leaders are forced to repair the foundation throughout the building process.

Some ministries even have to start over because of irreparable cracks in the foundation. Most ministries in this situation wait too long before deciding to start over. Repairing the foundation often doesn’t work, and leaders fail to understand tha it’s okay to start over. I have started over a few times with certain ideas and programs. Starting over sometimes makes sense. It’s not always necessary to go back to the bedrock. Simply go back to a healthy point and restart. Ask yourself the following questions to determine if you need to restart:

1. Will this vision realistically come to fruition?

2. Are key people on my team following me?

3. Do my teammates share my vision for the future?

4. Is what we are doing actually working?

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More