I continue to think about how huge the learnings from 7 Practices of Effective Ministry are. Absolutely huge. There’s enough here to keep me busy for a long time. Think again about the first practice, Clarify the Win…
Clarifying the win is something beyond a mission statement. It’s being very specific about what outcome you’re looking for. And I love the four steps in this practice: (1) sum up the win in a simple phrase, (2) keep the win as specific as possible, (3) restate the win frequently and creatively, and (4) meet to clarify the win at every level.
I was thinking about the importance of those four steps in my own role here at Lake. As the small groups guy, what is a win for my area of ministry? How would I say it in a simple phrase? It’s more specific than "when we launch more groups" or "when we get more people in groups." It’s gotta be more like, "a win happens when a group has a discussion that leads to life-change." And that sets up a whole list of good conversations on my team about our leader training environments, the way we keep score, etc.
And that gives me lots to think about and a road map for the summer. What about you?