There are things that you just know when you see them.  Hard to describe sometimes.  A really good movie.  A great meal.  A really wonderful book.  And I have to say, I’ve stumbled on a really good book. 7 Practices of Effective Ministry is very helpful.  If you haven’t picked it up yet, you’re going to want to add this to your reading list.

The second practice, Think Steps, Not Programs is a great example of how helpful the book is.  Think about this quote from Alice in Wonderland found in the chapter on the second practice:  "If a step is not strategic, then it’s not really a step to somewhere.  When Alice is lost in Wonderland she asks the Cheshire Cat, ‘Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?’  ‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ the Cat answers.  When Alice replies that it really doesn’t matter, the grinning feline says, ‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.’"

Exactly. 

Out.

7 Practices of Effective Ministry