Copy Principles, Not Practices

By October 23, 2012Church, Leadership

Don’t try to copy practices.

If you must copy…copy principles.

Systematic planning…copy that.

Productive meetings…copy that.

Celebrating wins…copy that.

Embracing healthy conflict…copy that.


Staff meetings every Tuesday…maybe…maybe not. You need productive meetings, but Monday might be your best day. Or, you may not meet but every other week in your context.

An annual volunteer banquet featuring an outside speaker…maybe…maybe not. You may find other ways to celebrate volunteerism and victories that fits better with your style.

It’s true in organizations and with individuals. You can be like someone in principle. You can copy their morals. You can be like them in character. But, individually, you should be who God designed you to be. Independent of how others were designed. You have a unique role to play in God’s plan.

So does your organization.

You can copy principles. In fact, why not? You may need to in order to be a healthier team.

Be careful, however, trying to copy practices. Your context will likely be different from where you copied it.

Have you ever been guilty of copying a practice that didn’t work?

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  • kalimsaki says:

    From Risalei Nur collection by Said Nursi

    Man is such an antique work of art of Almighty God. He is a most subtle and graceful miracle of His power whom He created to manifest all his Names and their inscriptions, in the form of a miniature specimen of the universe. If the light of belief enters his being, all the meaningful inscriptions on him may be read. As one who believes, he reads them consciously, and through that relation, causes others to read them. That is to say, the dominical art in man becomes apparent through meanings like, “I am the creature and artefact of the All-Glorious Maker. I manifest His mercy and munificence.” That is, belief, which consists of being connected to the Maker, makes apparent all the works of art in man. Man’s value is in accordance with that dominical art and by virtue of being a mirror to the Eternally Besought One. In this respect insignificant man becomes God’s addressee and a guest of the Sustainer worthy of Paradise superior to all other creatures.

  • As an individual, it is important to follow our passion. We can expect the best from ourselves and others! God is our source, our supply, and our provision. We need to be relaxed and poised even when others are not ! At all times, we must have high standards! And, ensure that we think the right thing, in the right way, and at the right time! — When we are able to do this, we will able to gain the intelligence to copy only principles and not the practices as such.

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