Answer These Questions When Starting Something New

If you’re starting something new and find yourself stuck, ensure you’ve answered these questions.

  1. Why does this need to done?
  2. What is it you’re trying to do?
  3. When do you want to do it?
  4. Where will it be done?
  5. Who will be helped?
  6. How will all of this happen?

The better your answers to these questions, the easier it will be to keep going.

What questions do you have about this? 

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Want to Make Disciples? Think Mission

I have a theory. Our discipleship challenge isn’t methodological–it’s missiological.

I have the privilege of speaking to church planters every day. I listen to how God has worked in their lives; how they’ve been obedient to the call to plant churches in their city or region. I listen to their plans, their dream and their hopes. Hearing all of this never fails to inspire me.

I also listen to them talk about their desire to make disciples. This is good news of course. We ought to be thinking about making disciples, especially if you’re planting a church.

Why? Jesus told us to do it.

Matthew 28 16-20: Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said,“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

But it’s not long before these planters begin lamenting that their discipleship models aren’t working. They tell me that people aren’t growing nor responding…that people just aren’t getting it. People aren’t reproducing and they aren’t making more disciples. They get frustrated. Some quit.

So much of our disciple making conversation comes down to this…

  • What’s the right model?
  • Who’s doing it well?
  • Where can I get the best training?
  • What’s the best system for this?

These are great questions of course. Church planters have a bias toward action and God love them for it. They want to get in the game with a plan and make things happen.

But they aren’t the right questions.

This perceived ‘challenge of discipleship’ isn’t really a challenge at all. Our discipleship challenge isn’t methodological–it’s missiological. I am convinced the best (and only ‘method’) for creating disciples is to help people find their mission and then give them permission and encouragement to do it.

Want to create disciples in your church, plant more churches. Seriously.

Discipleship happens in the context of mission. If you’re not giving people a mission (and I mean a real mission) then don’t expect them to grow as disciples. And you had better not even think about having them make more disciples.

The best way to make disciples is to help people find their mission.

Reproducing Churches Reproduce Everything

Unless you have it your mind to REPRODUCE EVERYTHING in your church, you will find it challenging to reproduce anything.

If you are called to be a reproducing church then you must reproduce everything.

  • every role
  • every responsibility
  • every position
  • every service
  • every location
  • every leader
  • you get it…

…EVERYTHING.

So what will you be reproducing next?

The Most Important Question of the Day

Think of all of the things you want to do today as a leader. MostImportantQuestion

Perhaps it’s…

  • Arrive to your first meeting on time
  • Work on an important project
  • Set an agenda for your next meeting
  • Make some calls
  • Return emails
  • Send some emails
  • Follow-up with people

There are literally thousands of things you could be doing today. And all of them, to one degree or another, are important.

But maybe, the most important things aren’t always the most important things.

Perhaps wanting to get stuff done isn’t good enough?

What about the things you really want to accomplish as a leader? When are you going to get to those?

When?

Maybe it’s…

  • Starting a new and better project?
  • Writing a book?
  • Stoping that thing you should have never started?
  • Finish something you should have finished?
  • Reorganize your team
  • Get the training you need

Leaders must push-through all the stuff that needs to be done (or even must be done) and instead focus on what they really are called to accomplish. 

To do this, leaders must make a habit of asking themselves the most important question: “Given what I truly what I want to accomplish today, what will be the best use of my time right now?”

All we have is the present. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. We all know this, but do we bother doing anything about it?

There are plenty of things we leaders need to do and yes, some we must do.

But until we start asking the question: what is the best use of my time right now, we run the risk of wasting hours and days accomplishing very little.

What about you? Given what you truly want to accomplish today, what will be the best use of your time right now?”

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Peter Drucker’s 5 Questions for Self-Assessment

Peter Drucker was a management consultant, educator and author. His work centered on how we organize in business, government and the non-profit sectors.

His work has much application to church planting.

Drucker insisted that all organizations need to self-assess from time to time. Otherwise they will veer from your core focus. It’s no different for a church.

Here are Drucker’s 5 Questions for self-assessment. It would be VERY useful for you and your team to spending time going through them together.

  1. What is our mission?
  2. Who is our customer?
  3. What does the customer value?
  4. What are our results?
  5. What is our plan?

What other ways do you self-assess as a church plant? 

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