Plan Ahead!

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I don’t know if you feel the same way I do but I hate the feeling of executing important activities at the last minute. There’s nothing worse than always bearing up under the constant pressure of deadlines, knowing that if you had planned better your performance would be better rather than just slapping it together at the last minute.


Just yesterday some of our core team got together for the entire day and prayerfully planned the 2010 calendar for Activate Church. It was a fantastic day not only because we had plenty of fun and laughter but we know what we are doing and where we are heading for the next 18 months.

Preaching Plan

Just recently Simone and I have been planning the teaching series for the church well ahead than usual and so we now know what we are going to be teaching up until September 2010. Obviously there is room for flexibility as required under the Holy Spirit’s leading but the Holy Spirit has also been informing the planning process and helping us to get ahead.

Plan Ahead

When you plan ahead it increases your confidence and the thoroughness of your preparation. You are able to assess the potential obstacles ahead and work around them. You also can give others around you time to breathe and prepare rather than having them always feeling the pressure of trying to do things at the last minute. I know some of you out there are thinking, “But I thrive in doing things at the last minute”. No you don’t, not really! Maybe you have always only ever done things at the last minute and so you don’t know any different. I always thought I performed well under pressure but I’ve discovered I perform better when I am planned.

Carve out time

Carve out time away to get ahead. Book out a board room or get away somewhere it’s quiet and plan ahead. Plan 3 months ahead, 6 months ahead and 12 months ahead. Know what your major activities, engagements and teaching series (if pastor) are going to be and everyone else around you will thank you for the clarity and due diligence you have taken to your planning.

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

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