2 Questions to Help You Determine “What’s Important Now?”

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My friend Doug Slaybaugh sent me this verse a few days ago to be an encouragement for what I do to help churches get unstuck.

What's Important Now?

The verse highlights two very important questions for every person and every organization:

  1. Where have you come from? – That question helps us get perspective. As we remember the defining moments of where we’ve come from, it helps us define who God has shaped us to be. It also establishes our starting point. We can’t get directions for where we’re going until we know where we’re starting.
  2. Where are you going? – That question helps us determine our plan for today and tomorrow. As we define our preferred future, we can make wiser decisions about resources and priorities today. Without an answer to this question, we’re left guessing as to how to spend our time, talent and treasure.

Without answering those two questions, it’s impossible to determine what’s important right now? When we don’t have that clarity, we continue to do what we’ve always done. We do what’s comfortable to us. Of course, that means we’ll also get the same results.

If you want to accomplish a new vision for your life or your organization, it begins with determining this: where have you come from, and where are you going?

Looking for help? We facilitate a process to help organizations, particularly churches, address both those questions. You can read about the Strategic Operating Plan (StratOp) to learn more.

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About Author

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.

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