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March 25, 2020

The Systems Iceberg (part 2) – Whiteboard Wednesday Season 10: Episode 2


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

In today’s video, John Messer gives a detailed explanation of how the Systems Iceberg (based on Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline) illustrates the tendency churches (and all systems) have to focus on events. This results in us reacting and attempting to fix symptoms, rather than working below the surface to understand patterns, underlying structures, and mental models, which hold the key to lasting, sustainable, systemic change.

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:

The Systems Iceberg

Mental Models

  • 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.