Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great, has a new book out on the fall of great companies. The book is called, How the Mighty Fall. It charts the progress of how companies start as movements. Those movements turn into institutions. And then those institutions fall into decline. Although this pattern is charted for companies this same trajectory holds true for churches and ministries.
According to Collins' research, here’s what the slippery slope toward decline looks like:
Stage 1: Hubris Born of Success Stage
Stage 2: Undisciplined Pursuit of More Stage
Stage 3: Denial of Risk and Peril Stage
Stage 4: Grasping for Salvation Stage
Stage 5: Capitulation to Irrelevance or Death
Decline, it turns out, is largely self-inflicted. Although Collins’ research emphasizes that some organizations do recover. Actually in some cases, coming back even stronger, even after having crashed into the depths of Stage 4.
So this is a book about hope...failures are not entirely fatal. The mighty can fall, but they can often rise again.
(ht: World Changers)