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How Will We Know When We Get Where We're Going?

by Robert J. Young
©, 2001, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

What are your goals? Where are you going? How will you get there? These are important questions for any person--and for every church. What are the goals of this church? Where are we going? How will we get there?

Can you imagine hunting where there is no quarry? Or fishing where there are no fish? Would one hunt game in the midst of a city? Can you imagine a deer hunter putting his tree stand on the nearest light pole? On the contrary, hunters meticulously plan the hunt. They think about the quarry, locate the quarry, and actively seek the quarry.

We are involved in the greatest task known to a man, the greatest manhunt in the world. We must know what we are hunting, where to hunt, and how to begin. We require targets and realistic goals. We must discover God's mission for this church. We must plan for effectiveness.

What are our targets? What are our immediate and future goals? Pray that we might identify the right target. We cannot accomplish anything lasting and worthwhile without plans. What do we want to hit? Jesus said, "The world." Where do we start? When do we start? Effective churches plan in order to hit God's target. How will we know when we get where we're going? Will we recognize the target?

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Last updated November 23, 2001.