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Craig Groeschel: The Death of the Five-Year Plan

Apr 16 2013

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21

When I started in ministry two decades ago, everyone I knew made five-year plans. While planning is wise and biblical, I’m changing how I plan.

Instead of planning for specific buildings, campuses, staff roles, and outreach, I’m planning to be prepared for opportunities that I can’t name today. We are creating margin and planning to respond quickly to ideas that we don’t yet have.

Speed, agility, flexibility, and financial margin are far better than a detailed road map.

We are in the ready position, poised for a revival move of God. Instead of asking God to bless our carefully crafted plans, we’re trying to be prepared to move when He speaks and guides.

When people ask me what we’ll be doing in five years, I laugh. I have no idea. But I’m certain it will be more fun and more impactful than anything I could plan today.

Craig Groeschel

Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Craig’s creative leadership is changing the way church is done worldwide. Under his leadership, became one of the first multi-campus churches, with over 70 weekend services in 15 locations. Craig is the author of several books including: The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living As If He Doesn’t Exist; IT: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It; and Confessions of a Pastor. Follow him on Twitter at @CraigGroeschel