Insight 203: FaithSoaring Churches Have Greater Discipline

Congregations seeking to transform realize that one core meaning of being a “disciple” is to be “disciplined”. However, as Jim Collins says in his monograph Good to Great and the Social Sectors [Jim Collins, 2005] it is not discipline around business principles, but discipline around being great rather than just good.

Many congregations are good. Often, they are good enough to meet their expectations. Few congregations are great. Greatness requires being faithful, effective, and innovative. Great congregations have the discipline of a runner who runs ten yards past the finish line to be sure they are going at full speed.

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