Seven people in the front seat of a pickup truck doesn't work.

Seven people in the front seat of a pickup truck doesn’t work.

Charlene, age 16

pickup-on-roof.jpgWhat is driving your ministry? How to keep you ministry from being driven in 7 different directions.

 

Be Specific – If your specific they’ll be terrific (Borrowed from Ed Young.) – Talk to your leaders often and be specific about what you want and don’t want. Share with them your vision. Talk early and often and for the love of all that is holy Be Specific.

Know where you are going – The only thing worse than “a” back seat driver is “7” back seat drivers. If you have ever driven in a car with more than one person all of whom have a different idea how to get to where you are going you know what I mean.

Stay Focused – Don’t be distracted by everything. I struggle most with this. I get distracted and because I try to do everything at once and in the course of it all…..(Phone ringing, must take this call)……what was I talking about? I wonder if I have any new emails?

You should never order seafood at a hamburger joint in Nebraska.

 

 

You should never order seafood at a hamburger joint in Nebraska.

Chad, age 11

splashsbarbeque.jpgStick to what you are good at.

If this isn’t the best advice I don’t know what is. I lived in the Midwest for the first 11 years of my life. I know from experience that seafood is not a strength of the wonderful people in the Midwest. What are they doing selling seafood?

This is a huge pitfall that many ministries fall into. We see someone doing something great and we add it to our menu and do it good. I believe Seth Godin said that “Good is the enemy of Great” in his book “The purple Cow” (which by the way is a must read for anyone with eyes).

We all have made the mistake of making so so seafood when people just want an amazing burger.

This whole issue to me comes down to clarity.

1. Clarity of vision – I will defer to one of my favorite blogger Craig Groeschel I can’t say it any better than he did so check out his blog series on vision. Fantastic is all I can say. Here is a link to the one I like best. Leading with Chazown Part 2.

2. Clarity of Focus – What is the one thing you can do better than anyone else? Find out and go do that THING, singular THING.

3. Clarity of purpose – What does God want have for you to do. Each of us are unique and have a unique calling. Find it. Do it, and for the love of all that is holy do not try to sell seafood if you make hamburgers better than anyone else.

(Here is a link to a hamburger joint that gets it. All they sell is hamburgers and fries, simple and very, very good.

Their tag line says it all – A business passionately focused on selling great hamburgers!