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Clarity and Alignment in Groups: the order matters

I am new. I am in a new role at a new church in a new city with new people with new responsibilities. Newness can become a great excuse to learn and react, then there come times when new can become an opportunity to explore. Two values that I am learning in my new role are the values of alignment and clarity. Alignment is working through the discipleship processes and making sure that all roads point to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Clarity is making sure that the lights are turned on along the path and that everyone understands the path where we are going and that they are moving along on the journey.

Within this responsibility of alignment, there are questions that can be asked. Questions such as "Why?" and "Where?"

Simon Sinek wrote an entire book called Start With Why. Before we know how and what we are going to do, we need to understand and clearly communicate the why. This has been my focus early in my ministry here. Not only knowing the why but making sure that is clearly communicated to the team and to our people. If I understand why, and the team understands why, then we should be able to lead our people to understand why as well.

Once this happens then your purpose moves towards alignment. You are able to develop, integrate, and organize aligned processes that help to make disciples. This is the what and the how. Too often we can jump in and want to make changes to the what and the hows, and there are times when this is necessary immediately. There are also times when it is critical to just stop and understand the processes that are in place and how they can be improved or what change they are affecting.

These are the two critical elements that anyone at any time whether new or not needs to have a clear picture of in their ministry. If I am not willing to understand why then I will miss the mark on so many levels of how to properly contextualize ministry. Then my what and how will falter, which leads to discombobulation instead of clarity and alignment.

Take some time and stop and ask the questions of clarity and alignment and move your groups ministry forward towards fulfilling the Great Commission!


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