Strategy: Where Are You Now?

Leadership / Leadership //

This post is part one of a series called “Being Strategic Matters”


Before you begin any road trip it is important to figure out where you are currently at.  I can’t tell you how many times I have worked with churches that had no clue where they were currently at.  All they knew was that they weren’t where they wanted to be.  No matter what area of your life you are working on a strategy for it’s important to get a full understanding of where you are and how far you have already come.  In ministry, a great idea to help you identify that is by hiring a consultant to come in and evaluate your programs and help you figure out where you are strong and where you need improvement.  An outside eye always helps in this area.  If you are looking for a  great consultant you can check out the services I offer or contact me and I can help you find the right person for the area you need to evaluate.  Here are some suggestions for evaluating where you currently are in any area.

  • Allow someone who isn’t invested in your situation to speak into it.  Professionally this is most likely a consultant.  In your personal life this could be someone at church, a pastor, a counselor, a friend.  Either way it’s smart to get an outside perspective so you can avoid blind spots.
  • Avoid comparing:  When we compare we allow room for sin in our lives.  “well at least I am not THAT guy!” never helped anyone.
  • Swallow some pride:  None of us are perfect, when you truly evaluate where you are currently at you will uncover things you aren’t happy about.  Suck it up and deal with it.
  • Avoid jumping into a solution too quickly:  This is just an evaluation phase.  That means DON’T start fixing things immediately.  Finish the plan before you start making changes.  This is IMPERATIVE!

When you evaluate where you are currently at you will finish with a baseline to measure all growth or decline from in the future.  This will help you immensely when progress slows down (and it will one day).





About the Author

Joe McAlpine is the Pastor of Share at Northbrook Church. Northbrook is a growing church just outside of Milwaukee WI. He has been in ministry for over a decade, serving in staff leadership at churches ranging in attendance from 500 to 7,000. Prior to his current ministry, Joe had the privilege of leading the children’s ministry at Northview Church, the 5th fastest growing and 85th largest church in America in 2013. In 2009 he created, a website dedicated to helping leaders in next generation ministry grow spiritually, relationally and organizationally. Joe has a passion to help young leaders of next generation, family based ministries grow into seasoned ministry professionals oftomorrow. Joe lives out his passion for next generation leaders by tapping into his experience as a husband of one, father of four, pastor and life long lover of of learning. Joe has been happily married to his wife Christy for longer than he can remember and has four children, Elijah, Selah, David, and Elisabeth. The McAlpines are originally from the Chicago area. In his spare time you can find him hanging with the family and connecting with as many kidmin people as he can!