To Be Driven by God's Purposes:
Tip #1: Lay a solid foundation on which change is built.
Knowing and using your church purpose has many benefits. When the leadership of the church understands this, they may be tempted to run full speed ahead and implement changes prematurely or rashly. They may not give the church body enough time to come on board and get acclimated to the new direction before major changes are implemented.
Tip #2: Be realistic in your expectations.
Tip #3: Be committed to move forward.
How easy it can be to get stuck in the planning stages. Assessing the situation is good. Examining every aspect of the church's work is essential. Praying over it is an absolute necessity. However, there comes a point when you need to move. If you wait until you are 100% ready, you may never move. You must begin somewhere.
Tip #4: Get beyond talking about it.
Tip #5: Be patient with the process.
Once the foundation is laid and you begin to move forward, expect some potholes along the way. Everything will not go the way you planned. Some people you thought were on board may let their true feelings known. Cooperation will not always be as forthcoming as it ought to be. There will be problems. There will be setbacks. Perfection will not be reached on this side of eternity. The question to ask is not if you are perfect but if you are progressing. Watch for getting caught up in the need for perfection over progress. In God's economy the process is as important as the end result.
The Church Purpose Ministry Manual helps you take a look at how you are implementing the above tips and encourages you to take steps to improve in how you are using your church's purpose statement.