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3 Building Blocks of a Good Step

October 14, 2011

“Let’s say you wanted to get from the front of the auditorium to the back of the auditorium. If I took a stack of construction paper and threw it up in the air, allowing the individual sheets to scatter all around the auditorium and then told you that you had to step from one piece of construction paper to another to get from here to there…you might be able to do it, but your steps would take you all around the room. Some of them would require you to hop pretty far. You might have to backtrack. It would not be a simple process. But, if I took this stack of construction paper and carefully laid the sheets out so that the path led directly from the front to the back, and if I laid them close enough together to make it easy to step from one to another…you could easily do it.” – Andy Stanley

Here are 3 building blocks of a good step:

1. EASY – If it’s not easy, people won’t do it. Easy steps = increased participation.

2. OBVIOUS – People shouldn’t have to guess what the next step is.

3. STRATEGIC – If a program isn’t a step it will knock you off target costing time and money.

Steps may be less immediately satisfying (compared to new programs which we talked about last time) but they are more likely to create sustainable progress.

What are some examples in the church when you’ve seen a step that was hard, unclear, and/or random?

What are some examples in the church when you’ve seen a step that was easy, obvious, and clear?

To unpack this further, you can listen to a great podcast here or read 7 Practices of Effective Ministry.

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