I drove the fastest car in my youth group.
We went everywhere in my 1974 Maverick. It had a short block V8 giving it enough power to impress my church friends and especially my girlfriend. Sadly, after driving the crap out of this car, the engine gave up its ghost and died.
Shortly thereafter, my girlfriend (now my wife) totaled her 1974 Comet. The beauty of this scenario was that her Comet also had a compatible engine. Since I had blown up the engine in the Maverick, it seemed wise to pull the Comet's engine and resurrect the old Maverick.
It wasn't until I had bolted the new engine into the car that I realized I had a problem. A big problem. The new engine had electronics not supported the Maverick's wiring harness. What to do? The solution was simple. Pull the Comet's wiring harness and drop it into the Maverick. Young men can be so foolish!
This was my first lesson in alignment. In order for a complicated machine -- like a car -- to work all the parts need to line up properly in order to support its overall function. This is especially true for a 21st century organization: staffing must be adequate, skills and equipment must be current, and facilities need to support the organizational mission.
Is your church or organization aligned? A good way to reflect on your alignment is to review the outcomes you are producing. Make sure your outcomes are consistent with your intent. If you are NOT measuring outcomes, start today. It will inform your performance and gauge your organizational alignment.
In other words, check your wiring. It could be that you have a great powerful engine, but no way to transfer that power to the wheels.
- glen edward quiring
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