It Will Never Be Easier Than This

The first 90 days in a new position feel like an opportune time to rig up some small experiments. Invite someone to run a brand new fundraiser. Throw a camping trip on the calendar. Propose some refurbishments.

I see two distinct advantages to experimenting quickly and aggressively. First, if even one of your experiments work, you and your new team get a little victory under your belt that will build some energy and cohesion.

Just as important, though, is your experiments’ failure. Since it’s small it doesn’t cost much to fail, and when it does you and your team can process some very valuable learning.

Perhaps it will never be easier to experiment than it is in the first few months. Your energy is high and your team doesn’t know you well enough yet to realize that you’re making it up as you go.

All ministry is making it up as we go. Embracing that reality with an ethos of experimentation is a lot more fun than laboring to project expertise.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s