by Jeff Tunnell
Leading a group of people in a purposeful direction requires thought, prayer, planning and, forgive the redundancy, purpose. â€˜Whatâ€™ and â€˜whyâ€™ are necessarily determined prior to â€˜howâ€™. What is our God-given purpose, and why is it important? When these answers are discovered and agreed upon at the leadership level, decisions about â€˜howâ€™ we will get to the desired end can be selected.
I was recently re-reading â€œThe Connecting Churchâ€, by Randy Frazee in which he offers, â€œThe first step you must take toward creating community and implementing your common purpose is to decide that the central mission of the church is to develop disciples.â€ This type of conclusion about purpose will narrow the activities and programs that are given priority all year long. Superfluous activities can be eliminated altogether when you define your purpose and discontinue trying to â€˜do everythingâ€™ (often accomplishing less because of diluted capabilities and weakened resources).
Strong purposes provide directional insight. They assist us in seeing our weaknesses, which can lead us to resources outside of ourselves, such as coaching or reading or seminars.
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