90 Second Leadership – The Attunement Grid
Let’s look at the attunement grid, which comes from Church Unique by Will Mancini. In the attunement grid, Will uses the analogy of a ship. If a church is that ship, Will identifies four types of people on board: stowaways, passengers, pirates, and crew members.
The question you must ask is when someone is on board, are they really on board? That’s what you’re trying to figure out. Do they have clarity for your vision? Have they bought into that vision? Do they actually contribute to your vision? Do they have a strong desire to contribute? Clarity and contribution help identify what type of person is on board your church’s ship.
If a person has strong clarity and really understands your vision but is not willing to contribute, they’re a passenger. If a person has a strong desire to contribute or is contributing, but what they’re contributing is in a different direction than your clarity, then that person is a pirate. Any act of contribution that is not in alignment with your vision is an act of piracy. The stowaway doesn’t care either way. We’re often unsure why these people are around. Stowaways don’t understand our vision and they don’t want to contribute.
All in all, the big takeaway is that we want to move people to become crew members. The crew understands and can articulate our vision. The vision is clear and compelling to them, so much so that they are willing to contribute and have a strong desire to do so. We want as many people as possible to relate to themselves as crew members on board our ship.
Use the attunement grid to categorize your people and figure out how you’re going to get them into the crew. Now that you have this tool, what are you going to do about it?