CHURCH PLANTING & For Founders, Preparation Trumps Passion

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “In church planting, passion is overrated and preparedness underrated. This has been my observation after coaching and educating hundreds of church planters. This research confirms that preparedness rather than passion leads to successful founding of new endeavors.”

by Harvard Business Review editorial board, 6/26/15.

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CHURCH PLANTERS & What Do We Give Up When We Become Freedom-Seeking Entrepreneurs & Church Planters? A Lot, Actually.

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “David Blanchflower and Andrew Oswald in their classic research paper titled ‘What Makes an Entrepreneur?,’ discovered that: ‘The probability of self-employment depends positively upon whether the individual ever received an inheritance or gift.’ This research needs to be applied to church planters, but seems to forecast that successful church planters may have a member of the family that is gainfully employed and able to support the family so the church planter does not have to. For more details see the link to Blanchflower and Oswald’s paper as well as this overview in the New York Times.”

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BUREAUCRACY Creeping Into Your Company? 6 Ways to Strip It Out

Summary by Dr. Whitesel: “It is often better to undertake several small projects rather than one big thing. Big endeavors create big bureaucracy to organize them. While small teams working on innovative projects can accomplish more with less bureaucracy. Five more great ideas to ignite innovation in this article.”

ARTICLE by John Brandon, Inc. Magazine, 4/9/14

John Brandon writes: “In his new book, F.I.R.E.: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation, Air Force officer Dan Ward explains how to make projects short, snappy, and tightly focused. Recently, I spoke with him about concrete ways to make sure bureaucracy doesn’t strangle a startup’s progress. Here are his tips…”

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