Ready. Shoot. Aim.

So many times when it comes to launching new projects we get stuck in the planning phase. We dream, we scheme, we plan but so often we never actually do anything!

I think the reason we get stuck in the development phase is because we’re waiting for everything to be just perfect, for all the pieces to fall into place before we’re willing to launch.

Here’s the bad news. It’s easy to hide from making any real changes and launching any new initiatives in the planning stage. It’s easy to “act” like things are changing and growing when they’re really not because we’re always in a perpetual state of planning.

I love what Leon Fontaine of Springs Church says: Ready. Shoot. Aim.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t plan, but there comes a point as a leader where you just have to venture out into the unknown and figure it out as you go.

For years at COTM we knew we needed to get younger on our stage. It was no disrespect to the people who had served on our worship team over the years, but we knew if we were ever going to connect with a younger crowd we were going to have to make changes and give younger people opportunities to serve and grow.

The trouble was that because the people we needed to make the change weren’t just waiting in the wings, we hesitated in making it. Finally, after years of realizing that it was never going to be convenient or easy to change, we decided we just had to go for it and two years later, we have loads of young people serving on our stages.

I’m convinced that many times the right people and the right answers that so many of us are looking for are hidden from us until we are willing to take a step of faith and begin something.

You’ll never be able to plan for everything so you might as well just get ready, shoot, and aim.

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Whitney George
Lead Pastor
Whitney George is the Executive Pastor at Church on the Move, where he oversees the operations and ministries of the church. Whitney is passionate about the local church and loves connecting with other church leaders. He and his wife, Heather, have five children and he loves Notre Dame football.