They are useful in translating the church's
general statement of purpose into terms that can guide the decision
They are useful in testing past and current
practices and decisions against the church’s official statement of
They serve as an important organizational aid and management tool
when they are in written form, current in content, broad but flexible, simple and easy to
understand, and positive in nature.
They are needed to prevent having an attitude of being too
legalistic or having a mindset that "anything goes".
They tend to produce consistent, coherent, and compatible
When properly implemented, they become an invaluable resource for
identifying and delegating responsibilities, preserving a consistent level of quality
performance throughout church ministries and protecting church leaders and the
congregation as a whole.
They help avoid needless discussion about how tasks should
be accomplished and
who is responsible for completing the tasks.
They permit the responsibility for many
minor decisions to be delegated.
They assist in the timely training of new personnel and eliminate
time consuming meetings by staff or ministry leaders on routine matters. It is a proven
fact that when individuals or groups know their job, what is expected of them and the
limits of their responsibilities and authority, they will accomplish results and find
rewards in the use of their spiritual gifts.
They tend to improve the quality of the
planning and budgeting process.
They conserve valuable time for more
important tasks and allow church leaders the flexibility needed to
make routine decisions without constantly seeking opinions or
direction from other persons or organizations within the church.
They improve efficiency and alleviate
conflicts and misunderstandings in the decision-making process.
They offer a rationale for explaining
They tend to help keep the debate focused on the basic
principle or policy behind a
specific decision rather than on the details of a particular
decision. This reduces the possibility of divisive controversy during a church business
They encourage long-range thinking and
They provide an excellent basis to broaden the degree of
participation in the
decision-making process, to encourage lay involvement, and to
improve the quality of communication in "why" the church is involved in certain
They assist the church in being a better
steward of the Lord's resources of which He has so graciously
entrusted to us.