Last week I spend a whole bunch of time with someone I’m interviewing for a position on my team. There is something I heard him say several times that resonated with me, something that I know I forget from time to time. He spoke about often about the hows and whys and how often during training and on boarding volunteers, we spend a significant amount of time talking about all the “Hows” of ministry. How to connect with a student. How to lead a small group. How to follow up with a parent. How to do one thing and how not to do another. Honestly, a lot of training has to be about the “Hows.”
However, we must take care not to neglect the Why. Why’s without Hows are just ideas and theories and Hows without Whys are just tasks. But when you link a bunch of Hows with a Why, you build context. You create reason and significance for the task. When you clearly communicate the Why, you tap into passion and vision. Few people are wired to enjoy completing task simply for the sake of completing tasks, but when you connect the Why behind the task, then you create the motivation needed to not only complete the task but you create room for excellence and innovation because it’s not just about the task anymore.
The other thing I feel we need to pay attention to is that over time, people forget the Why.Read More