Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
Pastor Craig Groschel wrote a blog a few weeks ago and I loved it:
“When I started in ministry two decades ago, everyone I knew made five-year plans. While planning is wise and biblical, I’m changing how I plan.
Instead of planning for specific buildings, campuses, staff roles, and outreach, I’m planning to be prepared for opportunities that I can’t name today. We are creating margin and planning to respond quickly to ideas that we don’t yet have.
We are in the ready position, poised for a revival move of God. Instead of asking God to bless our carefully crafted plans, we’re trying to be prepared to move when He speaks and guides.
When people ask me what we’ll be doing in five years, I laugh. I have no idea. But I’m certain it will be more fun and more impactful than anything I could plan today.”
1. Keep the vision clear. Everyone in your congregation should be able to answer this question without hesitation.
2. Get people engaged. Imagine that for a moment, every single person you’re leading working with all his or her heart. Read Nehemiah 4:6
3. Make your services memorable. Work so hard to make your services so memorable that your people wouldn’t think of missing them. Acts 2:43 says—everyone kept feeling a sense of awe.
4. Pace yourself for the long haul. The local church is the hope of the world, and its future rests primarily in the hands of its leaders. We can’t lose a single one of you from your race. So I plead with you, pace yourself for the long haul.