Decision-Making: Process and Tools
“A Ten-Step Process with Tools”
by Wm. M. Pinson, Jr., Th.D. with Lloyd Elder, Th.D.
adapted from SkillTrack® Vol. 10 - Decision-Making
- Note: Decision-making is a process.
This set of articles describes a ten-step process including spiritual and
mental preparation. Decision-making also involves action. Unless some action
results, a decision has not really been made. Implementation of the decision
is an important part of the process, and this concept deals with that also.
present the decision-making process, along with useful tools, so that
the Christian leader can apply it effectively to daily issues of life
So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish
between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of
yours? --1 Kings 3:9
- What Are the Different Kinds of Decisions?
Not all decisions are alike, and, of course, the process to be used. The kind
of decision to be made will in some measure determine the process to be followed.
Some decisions are personal and made by an individual; others are made in
a group process, either a small group or a large one. This article specifically
addresses each of these kinds of decisions.
Some decisions are major or life changing. The most important is trusting
Christ as Savior and Lord. Other so-called major decisions include deciding
whom to marry (or if), what occupation to follow, where to live, and what
friends to have. Some decisions are more or less routine, such as what clothes
to wear to work or what route to take to a friend's house. However, these
“routine” decisions can sometimes become life-changing decisions.
Thus, all decisions should be given consideration, although not all take the
same amount of time and thought to process.
What kind of decisions are you now dealing with? Here are some other different
kinds of decisions: optional and compulsory; “whether” and “which”;
simple and complex; preferences and priorities; tastes and values; controversial
and uncontroversial; crisis and routine; right or wrong.
- Decision-Making Process--for You
Realize the vital importance of decisions and learn all you can as a Christian
servant leader about making better decisions. As you make decisions, follow
the basic steps in decision-making, avoiding the common pitfalls along the
way. Make your own decision-making process, step by step, one that
you can follow consistently. This article has provided an overview
of decision-making from a Christian perspective for the servant leader. Other
articles explain and apply this information to decisions in three realms:
the personal, the small group, and the congregational. Note: Review
the graph below as you work through this series; refer to it occasionally
in related articles on decision-making.
- Decision-Making: A 10-Step Process
- Decision-Making: Fast Track Process
You may prefer to keep your process very simple, especially for short, quick,
less systemic decisions. Consider this fast-track as a mental checklist for
Reflection and Application
- Review this process several times.
- Rewrite the process if it doesn't work
- Put it on a 3x5 laminated card.
- Use it as an on-the-spot checklist for your bigger decisions.
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Adapted by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., Founding Director, Moench Center for Church Leadership