Routine isn't bad, in fact, I like having a routine. It helps me to work better and to know what's coming next. But when the routine supercedes the work, the it becomes counter-productive. This is true for your basic work-a-day life as well as for organizations. If your church is in a routine that doesn't allow for change, then what you have is a weight holding you down rather than a structure building you up.
Check your routine to see if it's working for you or against you.
- Is your routine flexible enough to incorporate change?
- Do you have margin in your routine for the unexpected?
- Does your routine keep you focused on the important and help you avoid the trivial?
- Does your routine provide rest?
- Can you articulate your routine (i.e. is it explicit rather than implicit)?
What makes a routine work for you?