Churches and other Christian organisations ought not lag behind in a rapidly changing technological world, not due to lack of knowledge, but due to poor knowledge management. Other secular organizations and corporates are already on the first lane of adopting and advancing their knowledge management strategies and capacity to enhance their organizational performance. Caution ought to be taken that we, the body of Christ do not realise this when it is too late, when our lapses are irredeemable.
But first, what exactly is knowledge management and why is it important?
Knowledge management in simple terms is about getting the right intelligence, to the right people, at the right time, to make the right decisions. It also has to do with how such intelligence is stored and disseminated. To understand the importance of knowledge management in your church or organisation, think about an organism that is presented with various options or choices every day to ensure its survival.
In order to survive, the organism needs to understand its environment and have the right knowledge to make choices that will ensure adaptation and survival. It would have to rely on past experiences and memory to make appropriate decisions every day. But that’s not all. It should be able to anticipate the changes in the environment and make appropriate decisions to withstand or adapt to the changes.
Without proper management of their knowledge or without being innovative, churches and Christian organizations may lose that crucial knowledge through retirement and staff turnover. They are likely to repeat mistakes and fail to replicate successes, fail to collaborate internally and fail to transfer operational knowledge to new staff members quickly and effectively.
Why the Knowledge Management Seminar and what are its expected outcomes?
The main focus of the upcoming seminar is on how churches and organisations can get it right in development and implementation of a knowledge management policy for effective ministry. Knowledge management holds a lot of promise to the body of Christ but its adoption and implementation has been a problem, especially in Kenya where the practice is still at its infant stages. The participants in the conference will get to learn:
- how a knowledge management policy would enable them to keep abreast with trends in a constantly changing technological environment,
- how to deploy systems that safeguard the security and integrity of information and
- how to develop a strategy that promotes organizational Learning & Innovation.
The seminar is timely as Christian organisations and businesses are struggling with better service delivery through innovation, employee retention and loss of organizational memory through retirement and competition. They require proper understanding for full utilisation of their knowledge assets.
Who are you targeting with the Knowledge Conference and why now?
We are targeting all Senior Management of Churches/ Businesses/ Organizations, Human Resource Managers/ Officers, Administrators & Operations personnel, Strategists/ Business development personnel, Lay ministers and church leaders, All decision-makers.
What are the principal rules for an organization to benefit from knowledge management?
First and foremost, you need to get it right – an organisation need to have a clear vision and objective, linked to your overall organizational strategy that knowledge management needs to achieve.