A good friend gave me Good to Great by Jim Collins earlier this year – it was one of the better business books that I’ve read in a while. There were many principles that were transferrable to a church setting, I think there was a lot of wisdom in the pages. Read it, if you haven’t had a chance yet. I just noticed that Pastors.com has a new article about Good to Great churches that shouldn’t be missed either. Check it out, and here’s an excerpt from the beginning:

How does business sector greatness differ from church greatness?
The biggest distinction is the role of money. In the business world, money works both as a fuel to achieve greatness and as a measure of greatness … But in a church, money is only a means or an enabler of true performance, which is successfully reaching people with the message, creating a sense of community, and contributing to the community.

The subtitle for your monograph is “Why business thinking is not the answer.” How is business thinking misapplied in the social sector?
The mistake social sector organizations often make is to implement “business practices,” but they imitate mediocre businesses.

For instance, bringing in an outside change agent. That’s what many average companies do, but great organizations have the discipline to grow leadership from within. There’s also the practice of using incentives. Average companies spend a lot of time incentivizing desired behavior. Great institutions discipline themselves to get people whose character is naturally to exhibit great behavior.