We’re planning a new initiative for our young adult ministry and my colleague brought to me some numbers for a facility that we want to rent for this program. We’ve been talking about launching this initiative for some time. In fact, we have pushed the start date back a couple times to make sure that we had the time to do it right.
As he brought me the numbers, I found myself a little hesitant to commit. Not that we don’t have the budget for the facilities contract. We do. I couldn’t name my hesitancy at first. As an extrovert, I just kept asking questions in hopes that this decision would become clearer in my mind. And that’s when it hit me: have we really asked all the questions yet?
For me, the answer was no. Although the vision is clear for this event, my hesitancy was caused by ambiguity. There were too many unknown answers to the questions we had. What I noticed was that most of the questions I had were detailed ones. Where are we getting the equipment from? How are we hauling the equipment? What’s the flow for the event? How are we working out hospitality? The list went on. We are hoping to launch in January, however, I had to say to my colleague (and myself) that it would be okay to push back the start date (again) to make sure we get this right the first time.
What I learned today was simple, but important:
- Make sure we ask all the questions that need to be asked. Get into the details.
- Get as many answers to those questions as possible. Be realistic.
- Answers bring clarity.
- Clarity brings confidence.
- Confidence brings about successful ministry.
- It’s okay to slow down to make sure that we’ve done the above.
Does this mean that we are going to delay the launch of our ministry program? Not necessarily. What it does mean is that we need to double our efforts to make sure we get to the point of confidence that we need to move forward. Will everything be clear? No. Will unexpected things come up? Yes. But, the more questions we answer and have a plan for, the better off we’ll be. Good lesson for me.