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4 Ways the Cultural Shift Impacts GroupLife

culture-shift4 Ways the Cultural Shift Impacts GroupLife

Has it happened yet? If it hasn’t, it’s just a matter of time. Most likely, it will happen before you see it coming.

What am I talking about? I’m talking about ways the culture shift impacts grouplife.

4 ways the culture shift impacts grouplife:

  1. Biblical illiteracy is on the rise. Yes, most Americans still have more than one Bible in their homes. They simply don’t read or understand their Bible. At a minimum, this immediately affects both the selection of studies you offer and the way you must train and resource group leaders. If you haven’t already begun to shift your strategy, you are behind.
  2. A Christian worldview cannot be assumed. This is not just about the arrival and growing influence of other world religions. It actually has just as much to do with the decades long trend to simply include popular wisdom and practices of celebrities (think Oprah), politicians, philosophers, and social activists. Syncretism is “the combination of different forms of belief or practice.” If you haven’t already adjusted your leader training to anticipate this you are behind.
  3. Moral ambiguity is pervasive. Remember when that was only done in secret? Remember when that could only be said in an R rated movie? Or when everyone knew you just didn’t do that?  This challenge is not reserved for those who haven’t joined a small group. If you haven’t begun to help group leaders learn to help members set appropriate guardrails, you are behind.
  4. Marital status debates, sexual preferences and gender issues are not just in the news. These issues are also not reserved for those outside of the church. If you haven’t already felt the impact in your small group ministry, it is moments away. If you’re not already equipping your group leaders and coaches you are behind.

Culture shift is right at the heart of why I’m holding GroupLife Southwest, a new small group ministry conference. See also, 5 Reasons I’m Launching GroupLife Southwest.

Further Reading:

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Top 10 Reasons North Coast Has Consistently Connected Over 80%


Top 10 Reasons North Coast Has Consistently Connected Over 80% (of their average weekend adult worship attendance)

One of the most effective small group systems is the one made popular by Larry Osborne’s Sticky Church. Osborne is the Senior Pastor of North Coast Church, a multisite church in southern California.

Every system has a distinctive (or several). North Coast’s is what I refer to as a semester system (participants sign up for a semester). Another very important distinctive of their system is that most of their groups use a sermon-based study developed to accompany the weekend message.

A very important distinctive of the North Coast system is that they consistently connect more than 80% of their average adult weekend worship attendance in groups. And by consistently I don’t mean sometimes or even most of the time. They have consistently exceeded that percentage as long as I can remember.

How have they consistently connected over 80% of their weekend worship adult attendance in groups?

Top 10 Reasons North Coast Has Consistently Connected Over 80%

  1. Senior pastor Larry Osborne has consistently championed involvement in a growth group as one of two essential commitments that lead to spiritual growth (the other being a commitment to God and the Bible). By the way, all churches with truly effective small group systems have senior pastors who are champions of the importance of small group participation.
  2. The sermon-based aspect of their growth group strategy allows their teaching team to consistently make the case for joining a group as a way to understand and apply the principles they’re learning about on the weekend. While this is a benefit I point to during a church-wide campaign (typically six weeks), at North Coast is is virtually a year-round benefit.
  3. They’ve very consistently run their system over many years (I first became aware of their system and strategy in 2003). There may be innovative tweaks from time to time, but attenders at North Coast know what to expect.
  4. The semester system offers a consistent set of onramps over the course of the year. New attenders are never more than a couple months from the next onramp.
  5. Every semester is promoted aggressively and extensively over a period of weeks. It is very difficult for even the most infrequent attenders to miss the invitation and challenge to join a growth group.
  6. The 10 week commitment to a growth group is short enough to feel like a reasonable test-drive (While I prefer a shorter initial commitment, 10 weeks is still a reasonable length of time).
  7. Signing up for a 10 week semester also has the upside of a hard stop.  While most members reup for the next semester with the same group, if the group turns out to be a poor match for a new member, it is a simple matter to simply not sign up for the next one.
  8. They have consistently high quality promotion (see below) that peaks the interest and engages the kind of people they attract and hope to connect.
  9. The content for the weekend message series is developed far enough in advance to allow the team that creates the growth group study material to produce an excellent discussion guide. This is an important reason behind their system’s effectiveness. While many churches like the benefit of deepening their members’ understanding and application of the weekend message content, few churches are as disciplined as North Coast at the production of quality material in advance.
  10. North Coast provides their group leaders with the resources they need to facilitate a great discussion. In addition to their Leader Notes and Homework Guide, they also produce a weekly Growth Group Leader podcast to further resource their leaders. See their Leader Tools page here.

Growth Groups: Narcolepsy from North Coast Church on Vimeo.


The True Measure of “Effective” Ministry Systems, Models and Strategies

true-measureThe True Measure of “Effective” Ministry Systems, Models and Strategies

How do you truly evaluate the effectiveness of ministry system, models or strategies?

I have this conversation all the time (and you probably do too). Particularly when a change initiative is in the works and at least a few of the architects or caretakers of an legacy system are still at large.

I love a couple treasured lines from favorite wordsmiths:

“Every company is in the process of becoming an anachronism, irrelevant to the future, or the harbinger of the future.” Gary Hamel

When I read this line I long to be a harbinger of the future.

“There are always two parties, the party of the past and the party of the future; the establishment and the movement.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I read this line I deeply desire to be part of the movement.

Whether you long to be a harbinger of the future or deeply desire to be part of a movement…you must learn to truly evaluate the effectiveness of ministry system, models or strategies.

How do you truly evaluate the effectiveness of ministry system, models or strategies?

First, we need to agree on a couple terms:

  • Effective: “Producing a result that is wanted. Having an intended effect.” Clearly…this definition explicitly indicates a result or effect that was determined in advance.
  • True: “Being in accordance with fact or reality.” Not wishful thinking, rose-colored glasses, or “ministerially speaking.”

Second, in order to truly evaluate the effectiveness of a small group systems we’d need to:

  1. Agree in advance about the desired results. For example, it has long been my ambition to have more adults in groups than our average adult weekend worship attendance. This is shaped in large part by my belief that since people are attending less frequently, the average adult weekend worship attendance isn’t an accurate reflection of the size of our crowd (let alone our congregation).
  2. Fairly and objectively examine the results. By taking an annual (or semi-annual) snapshot of our true percentage connected (number of adults connected) divided by the number of adults at our Easter or Christmas Eve services we can know whether we are gaining ground or losing ground.
  3. Be good stewards of the opportunity and take personal responsibility for the results. A good steward keeps track of the inventory. They know that there is a window of opportunity for every person. They take personal responsibility for the many and the one. They know that every number has a name.
  4. Make adjustments in our system to:
    • Optimize what is right
    • Fix what is wrong
    • Clarify what is confused
    • Add what is missing

Want to be a harbinger? Long to be part of a movement? Commit yourself (and your team) to a true evaluation of the effectiveness of your ministry system, model or strategy.

Further Reading:

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5 Keys to Keep in Mind When Choosing Your Small Group System


5 Keys to Keep in Mind When Choosing Your Small Group System

Yesterday’s post, Top 10 Reasons North Point Has Connected Over 72,000 in Groups*, prompted me to think about the similarities (and the differences) between North Point system and Saddleback’s system. In the midst of that process I thought about North Coast’s successful group strategy (consistently over 80% of their adults in groups) as well as a couple other significantly successful churches (i.e., Life.Church and Willow Creek in the 90s).

There are similarities between them. There are also some fairly significant differences.

Can we learn from them? Are there some common threads in the fabric of successful systems?

I think there are.

Here are 5 keys to keep in mind when choosing your small group system:

  1. Successful small group systems are championed by the senior pastor. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking at Rick Warren, Andy Stanley, Larry Osborne or Craig Groeschel, when it comes to owning the small group champion role, they are very, very similar.  As the most influential people in their respective congregations, they own the champion role. They talk about their own group involvement and they regularly challenge everyone to join a small group. See also, Your Senior Pastor as Small Group Champion Leads to a Church OF Groups.
  2. Churches with successful small group systems run virtually the same playbook year round and year after year. This is significant. When you look closely at the churches who are best known for small group ministry success, they have chosen a system and ridden that system for many years. The way the system works is familiar to all but the least frequent attenders. It doesn’t change from one year to the next. See also, 5 Toxic Small Group Ministry Moves.
  3. Churches with successful small group systems regularly evaluate the effectiveness of their strategies. Any and all variables are carefully evaluated and subject to modification. This may sound counter to the second key, but it is actually their commitment to the recognition that results are a product of designs. If you want different results, you must alter the design. Saddleback’s HOST strategy was about altering the design. Saddleback’s “if you have a couple friends” strategy was developed to alter the design. The addition of North Point’s short-term group offering was about altering the design. See also, Orchestrate and Evaluate Everything.
  4. Churches with successful small group systems have a clearly defined engagement pathway. Small groups are not necessarily the only next step they offer, but the importance of both being in a small group and how to join one is clearly articulated. While the size of the “become and belong” menu is quite different at Saddleback and North Point, it would be impossible to attend either without knowing exactly what to do right now. See also, How Would You Rate the First Steps out of Your Auditorium?
  5. Successful small group systems have powerful rhythms that connect people in waves. When you look closely at the systems of churches with successful small group ministries, it is easy to spot the fact that they aren’t connecting unconnected people one at a time. Match-making is the exception. The rule is that North Point’s GroupLink starts waves of new groups twice a year. Saddleback’s annual church-wide campaign starts hundreds of new groups every year. North Coast’s semester system offers an easy way to join in three times a year. See also, Saddleback’s Not-So-Secret Strategy of Launching New Groups in Waves.

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Top 10 Reasons North Point Has Connected Over 72,000* in Groups

north point ministriesOne of the churches you ought to be paying attention to when it comes to small group ministry is North Point Community Church (technically, North Point Ministries, which is their name for their 6 Atlanta churches and global network of more than 30 strategic partner churches). Led by senior pastor Andy Stanley, North Point has accomplished some amazing things and is on an incredible trajectory.

Full Disclosure: I have long admired Andy Stanley and the North Point team and strategy. A capstone statement Andy made in 2012 sums it up for me:

Let’s say that something happens to me, all the staff, and all the buildings simultaneously explode.  Let’s make it worst case scenario.  There’s no staff.  There’s no buildings.  And there’s no me.  Here’s what would happen.  On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of the following week, thousands and thousands of adults would gather in homes all over the city and pray together, and do Bible study together and take care of whatever family members are left over and the church is going to go on.

Because at the end of the day, circles are better than rows.  And from day one, we’ve been committed to creating a culture that’s all about circles and not rows.  We are famous for our rows.  But the strength of our churches is what happens in circles.

Here are my top 10 reasons North Point has connected over 72,000* in groups:

  1. Andy Stanley has consistently championed the importance of being involved in a small group. The champion role has never been delegated. In addition to the role of champion, Andy talks regularly about his own small group involvement and the difference it makes in his life (and his family’s life). See also, 18 Great Lines from Andy Stanley and Your Senior Pastor as Small Group Champion Leads to a Church OF Groups.
  2. They’ve had consistent point leadership in Bill Willits (Executive Director of Ministry Environments for North Point Ministries) for their entire 20 year history. One of 6 founding staff members, Bill has provided strategic leadership, helping their team to meet the challenges and dynamics of one of the largest and fastest growing churches in the country. Bill Willits is a featured speaker at GroupLife Southwest, a new small group ministry conference launching 3/27-28/16.
  3. They have consistently kept a narrow focus and offered small groups as the lone menu item to connect people and help them grow spiritually. This is deceptively significant. The fact that they’ve never had to take apart a legacy system from a previous paradigm is more than the result of just turning 20 years old. In addition, they’ve made wise decisions based on their strategy (and not on sentimentality). See also, Narrowing the Focus Leads to a Church OF Groups.
  4. They’ve consistently made getting connected easy, obvious and strategic. A quick look at their website easily demonstrates the win they’ve clarified. See also, How Would You Rate the First Steps out of Your Auditorium?
  5. They’ve had one numeric goal (to have 100,000 in groups) for 20 years. A singular focus has helped them determine time and again what is important and what is sideways energy.
  6. They’ve prioritized small group ministry in their budget. Stanley has said their one numeric goal “has shaped everything. It has shaped everything including our budget. Your goals shape where the money goes. Groups is the best bet.” As an example of their commitment to groups, recognizing the importance of the coaching component, they’ve staffed a “groups director” position that is essentially a coach to 60 to 80 small group leaders. They’ve also budgeted to help tackle the childcare challenge and offered reimbursement for childcare expenses for groups.
  7. GroupLink (their connection event) is a powerful twice a year engine that connects unconnected people in massive waves. Although there are other ways to start groups and other ways to get connected, their focused energy on this twice a year strategy is like a laser beam. See also, Three Observations that Made Me a Fan of North Point’s Closed Group Strategy and Distinctives of Three Types of Small Group Connecting Events.
  8. They regularly use baptism testimonies and virtually all of them point to the significant role played by the small group in  spiritual development. This is not a new development. Recognizing the power of story-telling happened early and is a time-tested strategy.
  9. They are committed to evaluation and regularly review their strategies and tactics for improvement. For example, after evaluating the length of time between when an attender begins to attend the weekend service and then joins a group by attending GroupLink (which has a 12 to 18 month commitment), they were concerned about the length of time and made a strategic adjustment. Adding a short-term group option, with only a 6 to 8 week commitment, shortened the time between beginning to attend the weekend service and joining a short-term group. See also, Breaking: North Point Increases GroupLife Participation by Adding an Easier Next Step and Three Important Distinctives of North Point’s Access Group Strategy.
  10. They are committed to acknowledging that results are directly related to design. Andy Stanley said, “Your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing.” Translated: Your results are not a fluke. They are produced by your design. If you want different results…you must change the design. This is always present in their thinking. They’ve relentlessly abandoned less productive strategies and programs (i.e., KidStuff and 7:22). See also, 5 Signs Your Small Group Ministry Design Is Inadequate.

This is my list of the top 10 reasons North Point has connected over 72,000 in small groups. Can I add a bonus reason? My bonus reason is likely to turn out to be very significant in the coming season. Recognizing that a different day is here (not just on the horizon), they’ve determined that in order to be true to their ambition (for everyone to experience life-changing community) they needed to make space in groups for people with a variety of lifestyles and theological beliefs. See also, Community for Everyone.

*North Point Ministries includes students and children who are in small groups.

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5 Tiny Plan Alterations that Lead to Completely Different Destinations

destinations5 Tiny Plan Alterations that Lead to Completely Different Destinations

Have you ever noticed that you only have to miss one turn to end up at an completely different destination? Happened to me most recently in London’s Harrods department store.

I don’t know whose idea it was to go to Harrods to shop for toys for our grandkids…but we went. And in the middle of our endless exploration of the toy section of this massive store…I needed to use the restroom.

“Excuse me…where’s the closest restroom?” I said to the clerk.

“Go through these next two sections and when you get to the hmm hmm turn right and then right again at the first hallway,” she said pointing in the direction.

“I’m sorry. What?”

“Go through these next two sections and when you get to the hmm hmm turn right and then right again at the first hallway.”

“Ohhkaaay…I’ll give it a try.” And I did find one eventually. Just not the one right after the “hmm hmm.”

Seriously, have you ever noticed that you only have to miss one turn to end up in an completely different destination?

Have you ever noticed that tiny plan alterations lead to completely different destinations?

I regularly get emails from  readers trying to figure out what went wrong in their church-wide campaign (or small group connection, identifying, recruiting and developing coaches, etc.). Maybe you’ve emailed me.

A little detective work almost always reveals the #1 reason strategies don’t work: Tiny plan alterations lead to completely different outcomes.

The #1 reason strategies don’t work: Tiny plan alterations lead to completely different destinations.

Here are five examples:

  1. Instead of spending three weekends exclusively recruiting hosts for your church-wide campaign and then three more weekends recruiting sign-ups for your small group connection…recruit hosts and sign-ups for the connection on the same weekends. What could be the harm, right? Actually, if you want to recruit the largest number of hosts you must segregate the host ask weekends from the member sign-up weekends. Once you begin talking about “being in a group” vs “inviting a couple friends to do the study” you’ve recruited your last host. See also, Top 10 Reasons Church-Wide Campaigns Miss the Mark.
  2. Instead of sticking with the pure small group connection strategy (that guides new groups to choose leaders from amongst themselves), allow leaders of existing small groups that need a few new members to attend the connection and use it as a fishing pool. Disastrous! Instead of starting new groups (which is an essential activity if you want to build a thriving small group ministry) you end up simply propping up dying groups that have never learned to fish for themselves. See also, Critical Decision: Add Members to Existing Groups vs Start New Groups.
  3. Instead of the hand-to-hand combat of recruiting busy, high-capacity leaders as potential coaches, simply announce that you need a few coaches and then accept those who are willing to serve. Again…disastrous! Settling for warm and willing when you only need hot and qualified (high capacity and passionate about groups) leads to a completely different coaching structure. It is one of the main reasons attempts to build effective coaching structures #fail. See also, 5 Assumptions that Set Small Group Coaching Up to #Fail.
  4. Instead of making the host ask (or the member ask) within your senior pastor’s message, simply include the ask in the list of your announcements. This little plan alteration has led to more train wrecks than I can remember. Never allow your senior pastor to delegate this essential activity. See also, How to Make the HOST Ask.
  5. Instead of scheduling the host ask (or the member ask) on weekends your senior pastor is preaching, make the ask on the weekends you’ve scheduled a visiting missionary or student-led Sunday. Please don’t miss the significance of who makes the ask. Your senior pastor is almost always the most influential person in your church. Substituting anyone else to make the ask always leads to a different destination. See also, Your Senior Pastor as Small Group Champion Leads to a Church OF Groups.

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How’s Your Small Group Model Working in Today’s Shifting Culture?

shifting cultureHow’s Your Small Group Model Working in Today’s Shifting Culture?

Thought about that question?

What’s your reaction to the question?

I know there will be different opinions about this, but I believe we must pay attention to the culture (And by the way, paying attention is a lot different than paying homage to the culture). This is why I recently posted The Future of Small Group Ministry and Are You Preparing for the Future of Small Group Ministry?

Like the the men of Issachar “who understood the times and knew what Israel should do (1 Chronicles 12:32 NIV),” we need to understand the times and determine what to do. Clearly there are major shifts under way in the culture (views on marriage, truth, morality, biblical illiteracy, etc.).

The question today is how’s your small group model working in light of today’s shifting culture?

Maybe an earlier question might be, “How might the shifting culture affect the effectiveness of the small group ministry model we use?”

Do you have a reaction to that question? If you do, please leave a comment!

Here are 5 ways the shifting culture might affect the effectiveness of your model:

  1. Depending on how you choose new small group leaders, it may become increasingly unlikely that new leaders will come factory equipped with biblical knowledge. Biblical knowledge may have to be an after-market install.
  2. How you describe the kinds of groups you offer may need to be revisited. Questions like, “Who can join a couples group?” and “How will we offer community to everyone?” will need to be answered.
  3. How you train small group leaders will need to be evaluated. Training leaders to facilitate dynamic discussions is very different than equipping them to care for group members with a different worldview.
  4. The primary entry point may need to be evaluated. Once you have connected the most likely to connect (which has already happened in many instances) you may need to find new ways to connect beyond the usual suspects.
  5. As average attenders attend weekend services less frequently, it becomes increasingly more important that deeper connection happens elsewhere (and not just on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m.).

What do you think?  Have a question?  Want to argue?  You can click here to jump into the conversation.

Further Reading:

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What Are You Trying to Produce?

produce assembly lineOne of the questions I ask all the time is, “What do we want people to do?” Another is, “What do we want people to become?” The correct answers to these questions are not generalizations (i.e., fully devoted followers, disciples, etc.). The correct answers are very specific and defined.

Think about these two questions. Can you see that they are both about next steps? Can you see also they are both about outcomes and products?

When we think in advance about what we want people to do we are more likely to design the program, event, or message with that next step in mind. When we think in advance about what we want people to become we are more likely to design the program, event, or message with that outcome in mind.

Thinking in advance about outcomes and products is at the very heart of designing effective next steps and first steps. When we take the time to thoughtfully determine these two things in advance (i.e., “What do we want people to do?” and, “What do we want people to become?”), we dramatically increase our chances of succeeding, of actually arriving at the preferred future we dream of for our ministry and for the people we are leading.

Can you see that asking these questions in advance actually helps clarify what a win will be for the program, event or message we are planning? That’s right. Determining and declaring on the front end the outcomes and products you desire will not only help you plan the program, event or message, it will enable you to know whether you are winning.

I love this quote from Mike Bonem’s Leading from the Second Chair:

“I am convinced that the reason for so much burnout, lack of commitment, and low performance in our churches among staff and members is directly related to the failure to declare the results we are after.  We don’t know when we are winning.”

Would you like to decrease burnout, lack of commitment, and low performance? Spend more time determining in advance what you want people to do and what you want people to become. Be specific. Define the next step you want people to take and what you want them to become. And then design the event, program or message with that outcome, with that product in mind.

Further Reading:

Test-Drives, Taste Tests, and Toes-in-the-Water

toes in the waterTest-Drives, Taste Tests, and Toes-in-the-Water

Buying without trying is down.

Contracts and long commitments are out.

File these under #ThingsYouMustKeepInMind

Test-Drives, Taste Tests, and Toes-in-the-Water are in.

Question: How does this affect you and me?

I think it ought to affect us in two ways:

First, it ought to reshape our thinking about the importance of offering test-drives, taste-tests and toes-in-the-water. Think about it. Virtually everything is now available to be experienced now and purchased later.

You can listen to the song before you buy on iTunes. You can read a portion of the book on Amazon. You can arrange a test-drive of just about any car you’d like to drive. You can ask for a taste at the ice cream store or the brewery. Many clothing and shoe manufacturers now offer free shipping and free returns to entice you to try on their product.

If we want to connect unconnected people we should be offering test-drives, taste-tests and toes-in-the-water. Most of what we are offering feels like something you buy before you try (which is a very antiquated sales strategy). How long ago did that pass into history in just about every other arena?

Second, it ought to reshape our thinking about the length of commitment we’re asking for. Think about it. Renting is on the rise. Services like Spotify, Apple Music, Netflix and Hulu make it increasingly common to pay for access rather than purchase.

When we plan small group connecting events we should keep in mind that long commitments are out. If we want to help unconnected people take a step to join a group we should be offering baby steps.

Note: Baby steps must be designed with babies in mind. What is a baby step to a baby is a very important thing to understand. What we think is a baby step is often seen as a giant step by the babies themselves. And their perspective is the only perspective that matters.

Further Reading:

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How Foggy Is What’s Next for Your Small Group Ministry?

foggyHow Foggy Is What’s Next for Your Small Group Ministry?

Do you know where you’re going? Can you see it clearly? Or is the road ahead kind of foggy?

I’m often asked, “How do you determine what’s next for your small group ministry?”

Here’s how I think about what’s next:

First, I begin with a honest evaluation of how it is going right now.

I am convinced that Andy Stanley is right when he says, “Your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing.” These are the facts and they are undisputed.

Why start there? Easy. Before I plan what’s next I need to think about how it is actually going right now (i.e., is our current strategy or plan working?). It’s important to look at what you are doing through the lens of “is what we are doing actually working?”

If you care about where you are going you must begin with an honest appraisal of how well or poorly your strategy is working.

Second, I look again and again at the preferred future we have identified.

We talk about our preferred future many ways, but it always includes the following:

  • We want to have more adults in groups than we have attend a worship service on the weekend.
  • We must focus on making disciples as we connect unconnected people.
  • We want to make as easy as possible for people to step into leadership and nearly automatic that they step onto a leader development conveyor belt.

There are certainly other aspects to our preferred future, but these are preeminent. When these are truly preeminent, we are forced to view our current results through the lens of “is what we are doing actually working?”

Third, I determine which aspects of our preferred future could be attained next.

This is important and it is often overlooked. While connecting more adults in groups is certainly an aspect of our preferred future, it is not the only one.

  • We should be determining what we can do in the short term to make more and better disciples.
  • We should be determining what we can do in the short term to make it easier to step into leadership and more automatic that new leaders step onto a leader development conveyor belt.

I refer to this as keeping one eye on the preferred future and the other eye on the next milestone. Maintaining focus on the end in mind, using preferred future language to cast vision for the promised land is a non-negotiable. Milestones that are clearly visible in the near future enable your team to stay focused and encouraged.

How are you determining what’s next for your small group ministry?

Can you see it? Are you seeing your preferred future clearly enough? Are you honestly evaluating how it’s going right now? Are you determining aspects that are attainable in the short term?

Further Reading:

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