Narrow Your Focus

If you really want to make a lasting impact, then you need to eliminate what you do well for the sake of what you can potentially do best.

Focus is the key to achieving excellence and making an impact. Each ministry environment should be designed to do no more than one or two things well.


  1. Churches are notorious for sacrificing long-term growth for short-term progress.
  2. Success and growth often bring distractions.
  3. Some churches have bought into a ministry “menu” philosophy.
  4. Churches feel constant pressure to provide programs on the basis of needs.
  5. Individuals have been allowed to build their identity around a program, not a mission.
  6. Church leaders fear the fallout of eliminating certain programs.



What have we fallen in love with that’s not as effective as it used to be?

  1. What do we love doing that’s not really working?
  2. What’s off-limits for discussion?
  3. Do we have any “old couches” that need to be thrown out?

Where are we manufacturing energy?

  1. What are we promoting that we secretly wish we didn’t have to attend?
  2. What would we love to quit doing but continue to do because we fear the consequences of change?
  3. What are we doing programmatically that we would never dream of inviting a friend to attend?
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