Start Somewhere

As you know, it is oftentimes unclear where a project should start (or where it should go for that matter). However, sometimes the best thing you can do is jump in and get started even if the vision is foggy.

For example, we recently worked on a multi-year proposal for a national ministry and frankly, several aspects of that proposal were unclear on the front end. But, rather than not starting because it wasn’t totally clear, we began by tackling the points that made sense. Eventually, the entire proposal took shape.

Just pick a place and go.

It is normal to want a project’s strategic path to be evident before you ever start walking down the road. But, in reality, strategies morph over time and the best way to inject some movement into your project is to simply jump in and get your hands dirty.

Over time, it can take shape if you remember these points:

I’m not claiming that this is ideal and I’m hesitant to recommend it as a standard practice. However, the reality is that sometimes you simply don’t know where to go or what to do.

So, the real takeaway?

Start somewhere.

After all, not having all the answers up front forces creative exploration . . . and that’s not a bad thing.

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  1. Kerry,

    I agree with your post 100%. I had a desire to start a small ministry called The Pure in Heart Project. It's very small, but I find that over time, God gives me more ideas of using this ministry to effect more people. My strategy has been to take my hands off and give the Holy Spirit the opportunity to move it in the direction He would like it to go. When He moves (opens a door) then I jump on the train and go with Him. I don't know what it will become in the end. I just walk by faith.

  2. Kerry — When I find myself developing similar projects, I will set up the agreement in phases. Together, with the client, we will agree on a long-term vision. Phase 1 and possibly phase 2 are easily defined, but we agree to define future phases as they become clear. Allows both parties to move forward while preventing me from over-promising and under-delivering. Good post. Thanks.

  3. Good points, Kerry. Had to do the same thing recently with a church that just bought up some air time on a local radio station and needed me to produce it for them. Trying to figure out the vision was cloudy at best until we just started asking questions about what we were trying to achieve. I don't think it's completely coherent just yet, but it's going in the right direction and the spirit is leading us. For many, it was their first time "vision-casting" so it's a work in progress.

  4. Toni,

    Thanks so much for your comments. A "hands off" approach while yielding to the Holy Spirit is probably the single best recommendation anyone could make to anyone who wants to have a vibrant and blessed ministry. Props to you for letting God have control of your ministry and for not letting what you cannot see get in the way of progress.

  5. Matt,

    That's a really good observation and recommendation. Agreeing to "define future phases as they become clear" is not only smart, but demonstrates a flexible spirit on your part. Good thinking.

  6. Rob,

    You make some good points and you know from first hand experience that "asking questions about what we are trying to achieve" is one of the best ways to stimulate thinking. Over time, answers come. Great recommendation! Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Kerry,

    Well said. We often observe that ministries live in "book publishing" mode more often than "web publishing mode", meaning that they often become catatonic in fear of making a bad decision because of the element of permanence. Having a goal in mind is critical, but the steps to get to that goal can be fluid. It's always better to have motion than to over-analyze the steps and miss out on the great opportunities.

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