Not Staying the Course in Pursuing God's Purposes?

Perhaps you see the benefit of purposeful leadership but have a difficult time staying the course. You sometimes attempt to measure what you do against God's purposes for the church but other times you just plow through all you have to do with little intentionality in why you are doing what you do.

Effects of Sporadic Purposefulness

While it might be tempting to say that occasionally being purposeful is better than not thinking about it much at all, one can't help but wonder how much greater of an impact the ministry might have if ...
And, how might it be affecting the people you lead? People might get a sense that the ministry is floundering, not really going anywhere. They might feel confused about mixed messages they are receiving due to leaders vacillating. That can affect their desire to be involved or give sacrificially to the work. People tend to be more willing to give of their time and resources to what they believe will make a difference.

Causes of Not Staying the Course in Pursuit of our Church Purpose

Often an inability to persist in our pursuit comes from distraction, divided attention, and forgetfulness.

What does God look for as we pursue God's purposes for the Church?

God looks for the opposite: wholeheartedness, undistracted devotion, diligence, sincerity, perseverance, persistence, self-control, alertness, faithfulness (Ps. 86:11; Prov. 3:5-6; Matt. 6:24; Rom. 12:8; 2 Cor. 11:2-3; Eph. 6:7-8; 1 Tim. 3:2; 4:15-16; Titus 1:7-9; 2:11-12; 3:8; Heb. 10:36; 12:1-3; James 1:4; 1 Pet. 1:13; 4:7; 5:8; 2 Pet. 1:8-9)
To Do: Take time to look up the above Scripture and turn the verses into prayers for God to build these traits into you more and more in increasing measure.

In addition to the content on this page, the Steering Your Church Toward God's Purposes Leadership Guide takes a brief look at what it will take to stay the course in pursuing God's purposes.

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