Linda Bergquist on “Church Planting: Systems Thinking”

My church planting strategist friend Linda Bergquist recently wrote an important post at Church Planting: Systems Thinking is a combination of (1) a report on teamwork in the San Francisco Bay Area to establish a more systems-oriented collaboration for encouraging church health and church planting, and (2) an overview of six elements or sub-systems within this sort of church planting system, and a one-paragraph description of each:

  1. Research
  2. Evangelization
  3. Recruiting
  4. Equipping
  5. Resource
  6. Connections

I posted several extended comments in response to Linda’s news/overview. That’s because, as a resource writer on organizational systems research and development, I believe a systems approach is absolutely essential for the kind of paradigm shift we need to make to bring our churches and ministries into the 21st century, and for keeping organizations more sustainable. Also, I’ve known Linda for over 15 years now, and trust in her ability to raise system-oriented questions and to help others understand the relevance of integrative systems for sustainable ministry. Her brief post is both informative and encouraging, and I hope you’ll read it soon!

For follow-up reading from Linda, and her co-author Allan Karr, see Church Turned Inside Out: A Guide for Designers, Refiners and Re-Aligners.