Decision-Making: Process and Tools
“Step Two - Follow a Basic Decision Process” (SL#37)
by Wm. M. Pinson, Jr., Th.D. with Lloyd Elder, Th.D.
adapted from SkillTrack® Vol. 10 - Decision-Making

1. Benefits of a Basic Process for Making Decisions--A process for making decisions is better than a haphazard, hit-and-miss approach. Because most persons have not had the benefit of a careful study of decision-making, many lack such a process. Hopefully, out of this study you will develop your own systematic process. Experts in decision-making point out that a systematic approach helps you to:

2. Criteria for the Basic Process--Regardless of the kind of decision to be made, certain steps are deemed important to arrive at a good decision. These steps may be taken subconsciously or very deliberately, informally or formally, but in any case each is important. The amount of time, thought, and energy given to a decision will vary; the basic steps should not.

And what are these steps? Authorities in decision-making differ as to which ones are absolutely essential and how to name or describe each step. Whatever process or steps a person may follow, an effective decision-making process will fulfill these six criteria:

3. To these the Christian servant leader will add: (see also SL#36)

4. Most agree that the following are important to the decision-making process, each of which is included in the above “formula”:

Certainly, this is an idealized/complex process. Not all, perhaps only a few, will follow it in detail. Some will leap past certain steps. Yet it does set forth important ingredients to any decision-making process. So, let’s combine and examine these briefly in the next eight steps as Steps 3 through 10 (SL#38, #39, #40, #41).

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Adapted by Lloyd Elder, Th.D., Founding Director, Moench Center for Church Leadership