This is a guest post from my brother Brad Rowell who works for DeWALT Industrial Tools and is involved in a church plant called Hillside Church of Southeast Denver. (See photo from last summer to the right).
The July 10 issue of the business magazine Fortune has a good cover story entitled The New Rules: Tearing up the Jack Welch playbook that I thought applied to the church. The article basically says that famous GE CEO Jack Welch's rules for winning in the 1990's no longer apply today. The article blasts Jack's 7 rules and suggests 7 new ones that might work.
|New Rules||vs.||Old Rules|
|1||Agile is best; being big can bite you.||Big dogs own the street.|
|2||Find a niche, create something new.||Be No. 1 or No. 2 in your market.|
|3||The customer is king.||Shareholders rule.|
|4||Look out, not in.||Be lean and mean.|
|5||Hire passionate people.||Rank your players; go with the A's.|
|6||Hire a courageous CEO.||Hire a charismatic CEO.|
|7||Admire my soul.||Admire my might|
I thought that many of the "old rules" reminded me of building mega-churches in the 80's and 90's and I thought many of the "new rules" are being practiced by the emerging church of today.