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You can learn a lot about business and building an organization when you learn from a well-run church. My family and I attend Newpointe Community Church in Coshocton, Ohio. NewPointe is a multi-site church and Coshocton is one of (currently) five campuses where Dwight Mason is the lead Pastor. This past weekend, NewPointe hosted a celebration with all of the campuses coming together. It was a great day. One of my favorite parts was when Dwight was interviewed about the history of the church on the main stage. In front of thousands of people, Dwight told many stories about how NewPointe began. If you listened closely, you heard lessons that would be featured in any business book. So I thought I would give you a few of them here. Play The Long Game: When building the church, Dwight had many times when he was not sure things were following his vision. But when creating something really big, you have time. You have to have patience. So often, once we know what we want, we want it right now. If you have created a really good mission, then that will take time to reach. Grant yourself some grace that these things don’t happen over night. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask: You might be excited about your vision. You might be willing to tell the story. But when it gets to the moment of truth, are you willing to ask for what you want? So many of us stop just before we do. If you know what you want (and what you need) you have to be willing ask. Create the Vision But Let The Plans Change: Dwight created a vision of trying to reach as many people as he could with his message. But in the course of his vision, properties changed, team members changed, etc. Don’t get caught up in the minutia. Create a vision that resonates with you and your team…but don’t romanticize how you get there. Be flexible. Be Ready When Good Things Come: At one point on the journey, Dwight had lunch with someone who asked “What are some things you would like to do but don’t have the money to do right now?” Dwight named 10 on the spot. As he pointed out, when someone offers you an opportunity, don’t tell them you will get back to them. Be ready for wonderful things to enter your life…so you can use them to create your vision. We Don’t Get Where We are By Chance: We get there by choice. Every day we make tons of decisions that guide our life. Will we do our very best? Will we take a risk? Will we put ourselves out there? When we fail, will be try again? You get the idea. But our life is made up of choices. If your life is not where you want it to be, make different choices. (As Dwight would say “Y’all ok?) The good news is, you have the choice to change.
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