And We Need to Do More Than Pray
While prayer is foundational, God almost always moves people to do something.
The walls of Jericho ultimately fell down because having heard from God, people obeyed God, marching around the city for a week, blasting trumpets and shouting.
Come to think of it, that kind of sounds like a strategy doesn’t it?
Interestingly enough, the scripture is filled with strategy if you look for it.
Strategy Is Not the Enemy
Sometimes church people behave like strategy is the enemy.
It’s not. It never has been.
Strategy is not the enemy.
Overly simplistic thinking is.
But strategy isn’t. A great strategy is actually a companion to a great prayer life.
Strategy is inherently biblical. For example, God noticed that Moses had a bad leadership strategy that was ultimately going to wear out both him and the people. So God used Moses’ father-in-law (of all people) to give him a new strategy that required tremendous reorganization.
Jesus intentionally organized his community of disciples into concentric circles of 70, 12, three and then one. His prayer resulted in action … thoughtful action.
Finally, the early church continually rethought its strategy as the church grew and the mission expanded (see Acts 6 as examples).
We’re Supposed to Love God With More Than Our Hearts
So what’s the point?
Strategy should be a good word in the church. And it should be a good word in your church.
That means you should have the tough conversations.
You should surface disagreements (even pray through them).
You shouldn’t skirt tough issues.
It also means you need to lead.
Leadership requires your heart but it doesn’t stop there. It requires your soul, your strength AND your mind.
So use your mind. And your strength. And your soul.