Achieving Excellence in Ministry Begins by Looking in the Mirror

So you want to claim the title of “excellence” in your personal and professional life?

Or are you a leader of an organization or manager of a department and you want to be seen as best of class, at the top of your game? In short, you desire a score of a ten out of ten in all that you do. Neither the silver nor bronze will do.

If you fall into any of the categories above, then this is your wake-up call. What many call excellence is actually average incognito. So the first step to obtaining your title is to remove the veils of mediocrity and come to know what this elusive term called excellence really is. Once you view excellence in its purest form, then you can set your course—or your organization’s course—with a compass that clearly shows if you are on the right path.

In the 80’s, many began their search for excellence. Over three decades later, the search still continues for many of us and, for others, the search has just begun.

We were intrigued by the concept of excellence in both the professional and organizational domains and began on a journey to understand excellence, but soon found that a significant barrier exists.

A commitment to excellence is a commitment to evaluate your current environment, circumstances, challenges, issues, opportunities and contracts and to rise above the base foundation and lowest common denominator, to perform and behave in a manner that reflects your best.

It’s time to take an honest assessment of your personal and professional life. Have you settled, compromised, given up, or given in?

Authors John Britt and Harry Paul have worked with Ken Blanchard in creating classic leadership books like Who Killed Change, Revved! and Fish. Their most recent book, Who Kidnapped Excellence? is excerpted in a PDF entitled Finding Excellence.

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Bob Adams is Auxano's Vision Room Curator. His background includes over 23 years as an associate/executive pastor as well as 8 years as the Lead Consultant for a church design build company.

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I just discovered this today and am looking forward to exploring the content on here. It looks like it could be very helpful. Just an FYI - in your paragraph on not putting out B+ material you have a typo. A little ironic. :-) The third sentence begins with "You time" not "Your time."
 
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I'm lost, to say the least! As a new pastor, taking over a newly started church I have read just about everything there is to learn what I can do to grow the church. I truly beleive that those attending our church are friendly and sincere. So that can't be the issue. I have read all the comments to this article and I feel that most churches will never have a fair chance! We are a VERY small church, so we don't have a children's church (yet). So if a family comes and gets upset that we don't have a children's church for them to put their children into, we lose! We do provide things for their kids to do during the service and even have an option for their kids to be in a different room, if they don't want their kids to sit with them. We are also such a small church that we don't have a worship team/band/etc. Our worship music comes from music videos. The congregation we do have likes it this way, but of course we would love to have a worhsip team. So, if someone comes to our church and is upset that we don't have live music, we lose! The point I am trying to make is that when people come in with preconceived ideas of what a church should be like, they will never find a church home, unless they find a church who's goal is to entertain! Every Sunday our message comes from the Bible, so that can't be a complaint for someone, so instead, people leave the church and never come back because they want more from a church: they don't want friendly people who are following the Word of God; they want a church that give them something (a babysitter for their kid, entertainment, free gifts, etc.) I'm sorry if sound cynical, I truly want everyone to hear the Good News and learn about Christ's love, but if they come in looking for something else, then the church will always lose!
 
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