I think Jim Collins say’s it something like this. “If you have more than 3 major initiatives, then you’ve really got none.”
In the context of a metro student ministry with 15+ campuses, where every other day we are invited into a new ministry opportunity, we have decision after decision of what to say yes to. If we say yes to everything, then we really say yes to nothing. (Keep in mind we don’t always say no, sometimes we say, “not yet.”)
But the reality is, this is true wherever you are in ministry right? I didn’t forget about you Pullman, Washington and Bozeman, Montana! You’ve got more job security than you can handle right?! You have so many things tugging for your attention, so many plates spinning it could drive you crazy.
Stop it! Stop trying to do it all. Instead start to….
bring clarity. You can do this a number of different ways, but you must have organizational clarity. In other words, your team needs to know where you’re going and what you’re doing for significant periods of time to get there. You better have the lens of your vision, top goals and top strategic path-steps for the year clear, because you’re about to filter a boatload of ministry opportunities through that lens. I mean come on, we’ve all experienced those crazy-maker ideas that freshmen in your small group has to reach people in Kentucky for Christ (Sorry if you’re from Kentucky…I’ll send that freshmen your way).
If you want to see where you’re at with the clarity issue, just ask your team “what is it that we do best, what is that drives us and that we are deeply passionate about?” In other words, what is it that only you can do? You, your team and your organization need to be able to answer that question because…duh, you should do that. Live in your strengths and your DNA, it’s way more fun.
Once you know what you and your team does best then you can answer the question, what do you need to stop doing? Regular evaluation of this for you, your staff team and your organization will lead to greater effectiveness and less burnout.
Just a little glimpse into what we’re thinking about over here in Portland. Enjoy!
What about you, what are some of the best resources, tools for bringing clarity to your team you’ve used?