Activity & Progress

A lot of people in leadership mistake activity for progress.

I know this because I’ve done this.

Back in the day, for example, I wanted the church bulletin to be as full as possible. I wanted it to be loaded with information and to feature a calendar that was stocked with events. In my way of thinking, newcomers to the church would be dazzled by our array of activities, and long-timers would figure they were getting their money’s worth.

Now I know that such a bulletin simply creates confusion for newcomers and exhaustion for long-timers.

I was confusing activity for progress, naively assuming that the more we did, the farther we’d go.

I now believe that the reverse is true.

I will accomplish the most as a leader and we will accomplish the most as a church when we take the time to rest, retool, and then focus all of our energy and creativity on a few things that are of eternal importance. Things like your kids, your spiritual growth, your service in the community, and your connection to the Holy Spirit.

So that if we get it right, we’ll be much less busy and making much more progress.

And our bulletin will be a lot cooler as well.

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