Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Vision, Goal, and working backwards

“You should define your life forward and live it backward (Soren Kierkegaard).” Meaning, having a clear sense of what you want to get done and living your life in light of that. Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.
What Solomon is saying is that your life is all about chopping a pile of wood and you can be really strong, really motivated, but if you have a dull axe you’re not going to chop a lot of wood…”
Mark Driscoll – Acts 29 Bootcamp.

Today I had the privilege of sitting down, listening and learning from J.R. Lee, church planter and now Lead Pastor of Freedom Church. I learnt many things but the key standout takeaway for me that though vision is important it takes more than that.
Vision is the starting point, the “what” that you believe Jesus is calling His church to do. Frankly this has already been determined and is non-negotiable, Jesus wants His people to live and share the gospel with others everywhere. The vision never changes. That’s step one.
Step two is to prayerfully determine in light of the “vision” the “picture” of where you believe Jesus is wanting your specific congregation to be in say 6 months.
Step three is to now work back and prayerfully work out what it will take to “get there.” This is hard, it takes time and it goes into the details and plans that will need to be executed.
Step four is to now prayerfully work the plan.
Step five is to take the time to critically evaluate everything after the steps have been completed, was it a success? Why or why not? What will you do again and what goes on the scrapheap. Back to step two.

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