Resources to grow as Disciples
Really, do we want one more passionate resolution that fades away in a few months? As leaders, we can do better than this! With a little intentionality, we can create momentum to inspire faith in Jesus and to grow a congregation in mission. It takes a real plan so we don’t just end up frustrated from spinning our wheels, getting caught in the emotional spiral of power struggles and personal needs that distract us from the destination God is calling us towards. No doubt about it, without a plan for our own lives and a strategic plan for our ministry we are stuck.
The fresh start of a New Year is really a gift that we can use to shift our own behaviors as leaders to build sustainable movement instead of a false start. None of us need one more first-of-the-year burst of enthusiasm only to be followed by a fast burn-out before its even summer. But what kind of plan will it take to make the good-will we feel stick?
Glad you asked!
From personal experience, it takes four things to make a plan work. Each of these can be described in terms of the Disciple Frame.
Click here to use this worksheet to help you think through the steps of making a plan for your community or check out the MAP to make your personal plan for the New Year. Either way, make 2014 a year that moves beyond best intentions to actual results. Then, do more than ponder – get going! The hard work is worthwhile because the road ahead is really part of your faith pilgrimage. LEAD is here to be a thinking-partner with you, to help you connect to colleagues who are on the same path or to help you search for resources. You don’t want to miss this trip!