Gordon Ramsay for Churches?

Gordon Ramsay’s television programs improving restaurants or comparing restaurants using relatively simple evaluations for the complexity of a restaurant. What if we really took a similar approach to Church?

My initial thought is that Churches are not just marketable commodity that restaurants put out. So, on the surface such an evaluation may seem to trespass on the holy, but first and foremost what Ramsay’s evaluations portray is an attempt for excellence. This is the very concept of doing all things to the glory of God, working to the glory of God. When it comes to church we have to offer our very best with what we have. 

Primarily what Chef teaches or looks at is good communication. Good food is surely a part of any restaurant, but that cannot cary the weight alone and wont exist without good communication. Here are a few things I’ve noticed in the shows for communication between…

1. … A chef and their kitchen team.

2. … A chef’s team and his market area.

3. … The kitchen crew and the dining area crew.

4. … The dining area crew and manager.

5. … The dining area crew and the customers.

While the cooking matters, more than anything else communication and flexibility make the success of the restaurant. The waiters sell the menu, the managers make sure the waiters take care of the tables, and communicate the quality of the food to the chefs. Everything gets discussed an opened up to improvement. Of course, most of the restaurants don’t change quickly, but a few do a really good job of being transformed. 

What does this mean for a church? First, that communication and willingness to listen and change practices. One of the mistakes churches often make is changing to make themselves into something that is inauthentic to who the church is or fails to match up to the true mission field of the church. As part of the mainline church, we see the over the top success of a few praise and worship churches and we try to imitate them without seeing the vast number of those churches that fail without proper backing. 

The failure is often pretty transparent. We want to build something and have people from outside come. Excitement and willingness to change fall flat because people risk big but not in the right direction. Ramsay’s had several restaurants that simply try too hard or too complex in ways that are not well communicated or well executed. Here Churches do the same, we forget that the fundamental unit of the church is not the congregation or the small group it is the simple friendship between 2 or more people. 

That being said, I think regardless of what type of worship you are doing it has to be done excellently. But that’s not all there is to a church. Using Ramsay as a model, I want to pull out the financial aspect of the church which is important but not the focus of Ramsay’s efforts on restaurants. Our communication focusses on communication between…

1. … Pastor and staff. 

2. … Pastor and teams.

3. … Pastor, teams, and staff with mission field. 

4. … Pastor, teams, and staff with congregation. 

All that said, I have to put my own thoughts in here, and I may need to adjust. So, I think the teams should be broken down between worship, evangelism, discipleship, mission, and administration. These desperately need a reliable format for communication between them. 

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About Sean Smith

Husband, Father, Pastor, Swimmer, Writer, Reader, and attempted Adventurer!
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