Sometimes we get the impression that in order to be successful in mission and have a successful corps, that all we need to do it continue to add more and more programme on top of what, for many folks, is an already busy programme. As in many cases, 80% of the work gets done by 20% of the people and it leaves to ‘fall out’ with the faithful.
Whether starting from scratch like we are here in Torry or whether you are in a more established setting looking to grow, its great advice to simply focus on a couple of things that you can do really well. For many of us, that means a lot of slimming down, it means shedding a few ‘missional pounds’ to create a leaner and meaner ‘fighting unit.’ Lets not compromise quality with quantity.
However, don’t hear this as a plea for slacking. No, by focussing on a couple of things and doing them well, it still requires putting in the 100% effort…its just that you aren’t spreading it quite so far!
The litmus test for what we do has to be measured up honestly with your mission statement, whatever that is. Broadly, you’ll be asking “does this effectively save souls, grow saints or serve suffering humanity?” If the answer is, “no, not really” then stop it. Change focus. Don’t overload, but work ’til Jesus comes.