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March 18, 2020

Linear Thinking vs. Systems Thinking (Part 1) – Whiteboard Wednesday Season 10: Episode 1


This is the first video in a 5-part series on Systems Thinking.

Today’s video delves into the contrast between linear thinking, which is pervasive yet problematic, and systems thinking, which is rare but consistently and deeply effective.

This series comes courtesy of John Messer, who recently completed a doctorate degree in Systems Theory with a specific emphasis on application to churches.

John also recently completed a book titled Burnout or Breakout: Systems Thinking for Stifled Leaders and Stuck Churches, which will be published and released soon.

Download and Read 2 Selections from John’s Book Below:

Why Church Leaders Need Systems Thinking

The Difference Between Linear and Systems Thinking

If you are interested in seeing things from a different perspective — one that moves church leaders from fighting fires to living into the call God has placed on you to lead — then this series is for you.

  • Breaking Church Addictions

    Believe it or not, church addictions are fairly common. They are probably more common than we would like to admit. GO HERE.

  • Burnout or Breakout

    How can church leaders be effective without sacrificing their marriage, their family, or their health in the process? How can good leaders get stuck churches unstuck without becoming another casualty? GO HERE.

  • Faith Based

    A Biblical, Practical Guide to Strategic Planning in the Church . GO HERE.