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Execution- Part 2- Dealing with the Gap

One of the first facts that has to be recognized before a church can move forward in executing what needs to be done is to see the gap.  The execution gap is the difference between what is anticipated and what actually occurs.  Think about that in the context of church discussions.  How often do you hear of a grand plan put before a church body and everyone gets excited but then when it comes to the actual execution of the plan, it may not be what the people anticipated.  Frustrations occur, people pull back, vision is blurred, and before long, there are people ready to jump ship.  Where did the problem exist?  Was it in the plan put forth (partially- if you have someone that is dreaming too big or unrealistically) but primarily the issue comes in execution.

This is even true in marriage as this is often called the expectation gap. The gap between what is expected from your mate versus what actually happens.  This often leads to great disagreements and even faulty expectations, but still a gap exists and if the gap is not dealt with, then before long you see mates begin to drift apart.

How are both of these gaps bridged?  Communication

The more that communication is utilized, the more effective your church can execute.  There are some churches that do an excellent job of communication, whether it is through a weekly bulletin, monthly newsletter, social media site, or even their website.  A church cannot over communicate.  But its important to know that execution is critical not just in information download but in expectation clarification.  This is a critical part of executing effectively in that there is a clear understanding of how things are done and how they are expected to be done.

In chapter 1 of Execution there are three points that are key to remember about execution:
- Execution is a discipline, and integral to strategy
- Execution is the major job of the leader
- Execution must be a core element of an organization's culture. (page 21)

The author took the time to stop and communicate that if you desire to understand execution, let it be clear that these three points are critical.  So even before these points can be examined; it is vital to make sure that for execution to occur there must be a clear communication of expectations of executing effectively.

Other great statements from Execution:

Execution is a systematic process of rigorously discussing hows and whats, questioning, tenaciously following through and ensuring accountability.(page 22)- If pastors and leaders would just stop and take the time to see how to effectively execute a plan, there would be a great movement in our churches!

Just as the leader has to be personally involved in execution, so must everyone else in the organization and practice the discipline. (page 30)  This is a great statement to remind pastors that by the direction and Lordship of Christ they are to lead their church bodies in executing God's plan and purpose for the church.  We are called to make disciples, pastors and ministers are to lead in this charge.  All else stems from this simple command.

Leadership without the discipline of execution is incomplete and ineffective. (page 34)  If the people we lead do not see us practicing execution, there is no credibility in what we ask the body to execute.  Our role will always be incomplete if we do not seek to execute and make disciples as well.


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