When you take your car for an oil change, a good mechanic will also check your car’s battery, its tire treads, its fluid levels, etc. These are just some of the core elements your automobile needs to be working optimally.
When you go to the doctor, he or she checks your vitals—your blood pressure, your breathing, your blood. Your vital signs tell a story of your overall health.
Before launching a new start, there are vital signs to check so that your new ministry has the best opportunity for sustainable health and growth--leading towards new baptized followers of Jesus.
This is the first part of a 10-part series where we will help you know if you are ready to launch your new start.
Part 1 of 10 in Getting Your Engines Ready! Knowing You’re Ready To Launch Your New Start: YOUR PASSIONS AND VALUES ARE CLEARLY DEFINED.
“The first step in starting new is to grasp the ‘why.’ Why start new? Why open a new coffee shop? Why start the leadership development class for teens? Why learn to swim? Why plant a church or begin the preschool?” –Bill Woolsey, Seven Steps To Start.
Why is the question! And as Bill further explains in his book, Seven Steps to Start, “why flows from passion.”
Let’s look at passion found in the early church.
“Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, ‘It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.’ And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them. And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.” Acts 6:1-7 ESV
Notice how the twelve demonstrated passion in their explanation, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the Word of God to serve tables.” (Acts 6:2b ESV) They knew crystal clear how God specifically wired them to be about Jesus’ mission. They didn’t labor in activities that strayed from their unique wiring or involve themselves in work that deviated from their passions and values given by God. And the result…the Word of God continued to increase and disciples multiplied!
“Often when asked ‘Why?’, we fail to go deep to the passion-source. We answer in terms of head instead of heart, logically instead of emotionally, corporately instead of personally. We deal in facts instead of stories...But passion has a story.” –Bill Woolsey, Seven Steps To Start.
Paul, previously known as Saul, had a story. Read Acts 8:1-3, 9:1-19. At one point Saul is giving the thumbs up on executing Christians. The next moment Jesus meets Saul on the road to Damascus and Paul’s life was never the same. Paul’s story was contagious, he spread it all throughout the land of the Gentiles, and more and more baptized followers of Jesus were formed.
It may surprise you, but if you are in Christ, you have a story.
- So what is your story on how Jesus has dramatically impacted your life?
- What has brought you to this place of desire to start something new to reach new for Jesus?
- What is it that compels you to start something new?
How then do your responses to the above 3 questions define and shape your passion and values? When your passion and values are clarified, share them with another.
And if you are serious about launching a start-up that thrives, sign up for StartNew: a 2 year Start-Up Incubator. Get more information and sign for our next event in Orlando, Florida on May 17th - 19th by contacting our StartNew Director.