Completing the Next Right Step

There are half-finished projects all around the world.  

  • A dad gives his kid a fixer-upper of a car and it remains sitting in the garage or driveway months after the gift.
  • A honey-do list remains posted on the fridge of the kitchen, unlooked at for weeks.
  • The kids’ rooms look like a literal warzone with stuffed animals, Legos, and leftover school supplies covering the floor.

These half-finished projects exist in the church just as much as they exist in your own backyard. Our goal this week is to help you finish them. 

Last week we discussed how to take the next right step in anything you do. We started the conversation discussing the principles behind it and finished by giving you an infographic about your intentions so you can reproduce the model on your own terms.

How can you get those half-finished projects done and off your plate AND take a significant step forward in planning your next one? 

In order to answer this, we want to take you through the principles of our project filter. Later in the week, we will be sharing with you a document that you can reproduce and use in your own context. These principles will help guide you as you take on your current half-finished projects and all your upcoming project needs.

What is your project objective? 

Too often projects get started without a clear objective in mind. Someone thinks something is a good idea so something else is thrown in the pot and started. But what happens if the cart goes before the horse? You trip and fall, or in this case, fail. Clearly stating your project objective allows you to get it right from the start, keeping the end in mind at all times.

Why is this project needed? 

If it’s not needed, just stop. If it is, tell your team all the reasons it is needed. The best organizations in the world are always answering the question, “Why?” If you can clearly answer the question as to why the project is needed, then tell others and build a concise definition for this project. This will be the why you tell everyone else … as a team.

How will this project help you accomplish your overall mission? 

Not only should this project answer the why of need, it should help answer the overall why of your organization. Everything you do must fit into the overall objective of your church, from kids all the way up to the soup kitchen. Warm fuzzy feelings are not needed here; just an answer to the overall why. If the project does not fit, toss it. Plain and simple. Don’t die on a hill you don’t need to climb.

What’s the difference because of the project? 

There are good events and there are great events. While good events fit the overall objective, great events fit the objective and leave a significant wake in its path. If your project does not and will not leave a mark, drop it. If it’s worth retooling so it will, retool it. If it is primed to make waves, lean into it. Your audience should be so excited about the project, your team so bought into it, that the end result is greater missional cohesion and overall buy-in.

In the end, we want to see churches succeed in their mission. One of the easiest and best ways for them to do so is to make sure their projects all fit into the Project Objective Filter.

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For now, here are some sharable image for your team to enjoy.