These four clarifying questions are great for anyone leading a ministry or organization and they are especially good to ask and answer as the new year begins.
Here are the four questions:
Who are we?
Why do we exist?
Where are we going?
How will we get there?
Here are some thoughts about these questions:
- “Who are we” deals with identity, the DNA of your ministry or church.
- “Why do we exist” helps you center around the main mission for your organization.
- “Where are we going” is about direction, vision and your effort as a community. What do you see? What do you want to see happen? How will you know when you have been successful?
- “How will we get there” helps articulate and ultimately achieve the practical steps needed to accomplish your vision and dreams.
- Clarity will begin to surface as you answer these questions.
- Your ministry and work will become more focused as you answer these questions.
- It’s really tough to make an impact as an organization without clarity and focus in your ministry and mission together.
- By answering these questions, you will discover some things you need to stop doing.
- The answers to these questions may change during the life cycle of your ministry, especially, questions 3 and 4.
- These questions can be framed in with a short or long term perspective.
- Work through these questions on your own, then with your team and your leaders. Comparing answers will add big benefits and will indicate how well your organization understands the mission.
Gather your leaders and work through these questions this month!
*Thanks to TJ Addington and his book High Impact Church Boards for some of the thoughts I used as a springboard for this post.
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