I’m reading a powerful new book called Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. This paragraph caught my attention in the first few minutes and I immediately thought about our many discussions about the intentional design of next steps. I also thought about the buffet vs plated meal challenge that faces many, many churches.
“The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage. In other words, Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making the execution of those things almost effortless (p. 7, Essentialism).”
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