We’ve explored the importance of planning for any church or organization. The cadence or rhythm and culture of planning have also been areas of focus. No church or organization can or will have sustained impact without planning. From a service or gathering, to discipleship, teaching, right through to succession of senior leaders planning is something that will be done over and over again. And, depending on the issue, you need different people. So, with aspect of planning who should always ask, “Who should be around this planning table?”
We’ve explored at the importance of planning here. And then, in this post we looked at the culture of planning in churches and organizations. Now let’s dive into another aspect of planning. Planning your planning in more practical sense. Let’s look at the rhythm of planning in your church and organization.
Churches have a lot to do — but what’s something that you should always do? Clearly, this assumes some of the obvious things and is certainly a concept that ministries and nonprofit organizations should also consider.
Listen, as we pivot on Blessing’s blog post, “Of The Things Your Church Should Do” — so give it a read here after the podcast. It’s a quick one this week. Why? It’s kinda meta. Give it a listen and we’ll see if you figure it out. 😉
The recent release of Avengers: Infinity War highlights the incredible success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Marvel and Disney have reinvented what superhero movie success looks like.
They’ve brought some of our favorite heroes, like Iron Man and Captain America, to the big screen. But they’ve also created blockbusters out of little-known characters, like Black Panther and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Everything Marvel touches turns to gold (which would be a terrible superpower).
With that success, there is something that all church leaders can stand to learn from the MCU.
Learning and education are not the same. It is possible to achieve one without the other. In fact, too many times we let our education get in the way of learning. Even one of the smartest men of the 20th century even understood this concept.
“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” – Albert Einstein
For those of us in church tech, this can become a big problem.
Little attention must be given to the saying, “It’s not how you start but how you finish that matters”. I get the spirit in which this is usually said, but it must never be applied where you have opportunity for a great start. If you didn’t have a great start don’t botch the pursuit; do the best you can for a great finish. At the same time, do all you can at the momentum starting line. Why start badly or weak when you can have a great start?
Momentum helps obliterate obstacles. Momentum inherently bears motivation. It is easier to inspire teams, more is achieved, and innovation is the rule not the exception. Everyone rises to the challenges as they endeavor to bring their best to the party. I’m sure you have, at one point or another, had a taste of this. To be a part of a high-functioning team that sees no obstacle. Maybe a glimpse of it.