We church planters and ministry team leaders are a naturally competitive bunch. I’ve spoken to dozens of you and most of you are quite competitive. We like to take on big challenges and we like to win.
So if we like to win it makes sense that we need to be clear about what a win looks like. We need to do the hard work of spending time and energy talking with our team, praying and writing down what a win looks like. Because unless you know what you’re trying to accomplish it’s going to be challenging to accomplish anything. You’ll simply spend a lot of time and energy pursuing things that don’t matter.
You might call a win a goal or an objective. It doesn’t matter. What matters is you know what you’re trying to accomplish and why.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you determine the wins for you’re project:
Have I really heard God from about my wins? I am not advocating you make up wins. In fact, quite the opposite. I want your wins to be the wins God has set for you and your project. I would urge you to spend time in prayer, fasting, reading scripture, journaling–whatever you need to do to hear from God.
What is the long-term win? I recently attend the launch team meeting of a NewThing church and heard the lead planter spend lots of time talking about long-term wins. He asked his team to focus on one win: life transformation. That’s what it’s all about–people encountering Jesus and being transformed by an encounter with the living God. He admitted this was going to look different for each person. But it was what they would consider a win.
What is the short-term win(s)? It’s useful to spend some time determining your goals for this week, this month, this year etc. When you clarify goals you and out some details around them you have a better chance of achieving them.
Will these wins empower and equip others? There is danger is setting wins. If you make them about you and your church you’ve committed a sin and that doesn’t honor God. I am advocating that you put all of your wins through the filter of helping people. Your wins should empower people toward Kingdom impact, not simply grow your church.
Will my wins bring honor and glory to God? The point here is to always to remain humble in clarifying the wins. After all, it’s not about you. But you knew that right.
Am I trying to be too clever in clarifying my wins? Not everything needs to be original. You needn’t spend time recreating the wheel. Your wins might be the wins of other churches. That’s perfectly legitimate.
How will I communicate what a win looks like to my team? Unless your team know what a win looks like they will simply pursue whatever seems reasonable in the moment. This will produce sideways energy and little impact.
How will I celebrate our wins? When you do win it’s OK to spike the ball or do a dance. Ensure you and your team are celebrating the wins when you achieve them.
There’s another reason we need to clarify what a win looks like. Because we are competitive we tend to create unrealistic expectations for ourselves and for our team. Unrealistic expectations can lead you and your church plant to an early demise. I’ve seen it. I know planters who are dealing with it right now.
Clarifying the win will help you avoid unrealistic expectations.
What about you? Have you written down your wins? Have you communicated them to your team? How do you celebrate your wins? I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment.
I’ve written about goals here and here and this might also help.
If you would like an email when I post new content please SUBSCRIBE.
And thanks for reading–I really appreciate it!