Mistakes can be learning experiences.
But they can also be costly, so you'll want to avoid making the most common mistakes made by new religious organizations.
- Launching too soon. Leaders of religious organizations frequently allow their enthusiasm to overshadow their common sense. A new organization requires planning and preparation. Although shortcuts may seem spiritual at the time, they can jeopardize your organization's long-term survival.
- Refusal to apply basic business principles. Religious leaders often resist the application of basic business principles to their organizations. Marketing, planning and budgeting are sometimes seen as non-spiritual activities. In reality, these and other business activities are vital in helping your organization fulfill its spiritual mission.
- Rapid growth. Inexperienced leaders usually don't realize that rapid growth isn't necessarily a good thing while seasoned veterans avoid extremely rapid growth at all costs. In a religious organization, lightning fast growth can overwhelm your staff, your resources and your membership.