Sunday, February 4, 2007

Discipleship and General Electric

In 1981 the legendary Jack Welch took the helm of General Electric. At the time the company had a 90 year history and had a market capitalization of $12 billion. The company had the 11th best stock in the New York Stock Exchange at $4 per share.

Welch assessed the business and found approximately 348 businesses and product lines. It was then that he set out to identify which ones were the real priorities. Which ones had the most potential, highest value and the greatest impact.

By the time Welch was done GE stock was trading at $80 per share and had $250 billion in market capitalization and was regarded as the number 1 most admired company by Fortune Magazine readers.

The key was to identify what the real priorities were. The application of this principle to our subject of discipleship (particularly in church leadership) is this:

1. Discipleship has the most potential because you are investing in people and churches are not buildings but are made up of people.

2. Discipleship has the highest value because it gives the best Return On Investment (ROI) when it comes to time, energy and resources. Disciples will go the distance and produce more disciples.

3. Finally discipleship has the greatest impact in changing society. It starts with individual lives which affects families, churches, institutions and then society.

The bottom line is this: Many church leaders think they can have itall. Fact is you can’t have it all. Focus your time and energies on making disciples. That is what will make the difference.

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