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Failing to plan is planning to fail.– Alan Lakein

When it comes to planning, there just some things that need to be in place before moving forward.  We have to look at our planning regimen carefully and understand that how we plan will have an impact on how our plans turn out.  Truly, our planning needs to be done properly in order for things that we plan to turn out properly.

  • Pray prior to planning.
  • Plan in phases.
  • Put together an inventory of what you already have.
  • Prioritize what you need.
  • Project what costs, risks and liabilities are involved.
  • Partner with those who can help you make progress.
  • Put your vision in plain, understandable writing (no jargon).
  • Place your vision in plain view for all to see as a reminder.
  • Picture what success will look like.
  • Publish your results.

As you go forward, you may see that there is more that you can do with your planning.  This is just a short list to help you get started and identify some basics that will help you move towards success.  Remember: success is determined by how you define it for yourself.

Promoting Success, Providing Support

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Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.-1 Corinthians 11:1

Paul outlines the dynamics of discipleship that most church leaders should take today. He doesn’t offer a do-as-I-say-not as-I-do leadership credo. He simply shares truth with a church that had numerous internal struggles a way for getting on the right track and simply following another follower of Christ. Such an approach echoes much of what Jesus shared after offering the parable of the Good Samaritan when He stated: “Go and do likewise.”

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, Go and do likewise.”

Church leaders have to see themselves leading others down the right path of Christian living. Just as Paul shared, an example of faithful Christian living should be provided to the Christian newcomer in the form of a living, breathing believer who can mentor others as the embark on their personal journey with Jesus. Every pastoral leader should have a body of people he has trained and taught for leadership roles that may or may not fit into the church’s organizational chart. If you can’t find anyone you have taught and trained for leadership, then your first move may be to pray to the Lord for insight and ideas on how to identify and start training others for future leadership roles. Here is where vision serves as a key ingredient. You’ll have to see where you want to go and design a pathway for getting there.

Paul demonstrates another key component of discipleship. Discipleship is personal. You have to be willing to allow someone to examine you up close and personal as you seek to disciple them. They’ll hear you more as they come to know and understand you more. They need to know that you are still flesh and blood behind all of that saintly speaking and righteous rhetoric.

Don’t expect to be perfect. Try with all your might, but don’t simply expect it. We are all imperfect people privileged to be working on God’s perfect plan. The journey is worth telling others because they can look forward with hope to the joy that they will experience when their Bible students get a grasp of their weekly small group lesson on righteous redemption or when the man who struggled with his identity in Christ becomes at peace with striving to be more like Him. Discipleship is exactly that; a journey that you have agreed to go on with someone else as you serve as their tour guide. Yep. That’s what it is.

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