Times are changing, and so are the ways people work and collaborate. Â The idea of being a leader can be daunting.
When you consider the word Â â€œleader Â who and what comes to mind, perhaps your Pastor? Â The BBC show the Apprentice? Your manager? A colleague at work in another team perhaps Â or Â an individual Â who literally has â€œProject Leader” Â on a business card or email signature?
Well, it may not be part of your job title, and you may even struggle to find the words in your job description, nevertheless, the call to follow Christ is a call to leadership.
In the Oxford ditionary a project Is defined as “an individual or collaborative enterprise that is carefully planned to achieve a particular aim”
When you think â€œproject”, you typically think about big things, such as:
- Church building developments
- Developing a new product
- IT system integration
- Writing a tender
But actually, many smaller activities Â can also be classed as a project, such as:
- Creating and delivering an internal training course at church
- Creating and sending a church e-newsletter
- Creating new Â team processes
In fact, according to David Allen, Â pioneer Â of the productivity system Getting Things Done (GTD), a ‘project’ is Â any multi-step action. In other words, creating Â
t may seem glaringly obvious, but someone needs to own a project, and not Â every church Â organisation or team Â has a certified project leader to call upon.
2. Create an action plan
“Make a List of the Actions It Will Take to Get You to the End Goal”
Itâ€™s very easy to jump straight in and get moving on Â a project. Spending time planning can seem like wasted time, but in fact, without good planning, you could be wasting your Â time and energy on things that just arenâ€™t needed. In other words, skipping the planning phase of a project is a sure-fire way of encountering problems Â down the line. The basics of what youâ€™ll need to establish include your project vision (or guiding light), what your project will deliver, the risks to the project as well as your budget, resources, and timescales Â Prayer is the portal that brings the power of heaven down to earth. It is kryptonite to the Enemy and to all his ploys against you. Pray in the Spirit at all times and at every stage of the project.
3. Â Set a realistic deadline
Without a Deadline Your Project Will Sit at the Bottom of Your To-do List and Will Go Nowhere
When it comes to assessing your timescales, you need to figure out what is realistically achievable, while not padding out your timelines too much.
4. Communicate regularly
Developing a Project in a Bubble Will Result in Problems Later On
Regular communication is vital. Â Meetings, emails and even a quick trip to your colleagueâ€™s desk are all needed to make sure you have not missed anything important and Â that Â everyone in on the same page.
5. Faith is not a spectator sport.
The Opportunities are Endless and Harvest is Plentiful.
Finally, please remember aside from managing projects that faith is not a spectator sport. Itâ€™s easy to come to church to be entertained and not invest time in serving the church community. But Jesus isnâ€™t here for our amusement. He didnâ€™t die so we could experience cool sermons Â alone. The Christians we remember throughout history were the men and women who did not wait on the sideline when there was work to be done.
There are many places to lead. The opportunities are endless and harvest is plentiful.