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Making Goals Stick

So I’ve earlier talked about our goals process and how we organized all the goals we set; but now it comes to the hard part.  How do I move these goals from paper to reality?  I’m not certain there is a fool-proof way to do anything like this; but here is what I’m trying.

I included everyone in on the creation of the goal.  There is no need to get “buy-in” because through the process they helped me create the goals.  When we met to finalize our goals as a group, I reminded them of this repeatedly.  They are not “MY” goals, they are “OUR” goals.

I clearly stated the goals and laid them out in a way that visually allowed everyone to understand the entire scope of our work.  We enjoyed a breakfast together where I shared all of them, and answered questions about them as those questions came up.  Here’s what I did NOT do: I didn’t email them, I didn’t reference them in passing, I didn’t quickly scan over them.  I actually gave them all in detail.

I tied the goals into the overall Mission, Vision, and Values of our church.  I made sure everyone understood from my own lips that these goals we had worked on from a NextGen level actually supported and helped to fulfill the main goals of our entire church.  I explained that it’s not an us against them mentality when it comes to the other ministries at our church.

I told them to expect accountability. I reminded them that goals are not set to look pretty on a piece of paper, but instead they become path for us as we lead to transform the family ministries of our church.  I promised to hold myself  accountable, but also promised that I would also hold their specific areas of responsibility accountable.

We left excited about the prospect of attained goals.  There is every reason to be excited about what the future holds for our team, if we can live up to the expectations we’ve set for ourselves.  That is something I’m dedicated to living out as I continue to work that we have an atmosphere of success!

So those are some of what I did, but I’d love to hear what you do to make sure goals set are kept.  Let’s have it!  

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.