Build Church: Know the Why

Why are we here? One of life’s great questions. For the Church the simple answer to the why would be about reaching people, making disciples and honouring our Saviour. All good. Yet each part of has its own unique contribution, something to celebrate and harness, the one thing which makes us distinctive.

As a leadership team we have been talking about this and here’s why it’s important for us to do so.

Simon Sinek in his book ‘Start with Why’ says that ‘people don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it’. WHAT can change but WHY is simple. It’s the discipline to never veer from the cause.

It captures the heart. The vision, the cause, is the why. It can grab someone’s imagination as they begin to see what could be possible.

It’s bigger than what we do. Why isn’t what. What we do can almost be irrelevant when we understand why we are doing it. That kind of belief can help build great success.

It keeps us going when it gets tough. What we do can get boring, inconvenient or tiresome. On those cold, rainy days we can opt out of ‘what’. The why reminds about the difference we are making or the reason for what we are doing.

It encourages people to be creative. If the why is clear then people have a freedom to be creative with the what. Leaders shouldn’t have to come up with all the best ideas, instead, the ‘why’ creates an environment where great ideas can sprout from anywhere.

It brings what we do to life. When those within get the why, then people will see what we believe through what we are doing.

I have not always been great at explaining the why. I know that I still get it wrong.  I can argue it’s not my role as I’m not the lead man, but that’s a cop out. If I lead people then I have to be concerned about the why. If I am part of the organisation then understanding the why is my responsibility. If it’s not clear, I should ask.

Telling people what to do isn’t difficult. To articulate the why though, requires time, thought and care. That’s a whole lot of effort. It doesn’t always come easy. I have to give more than a ‘just because’, or point to my position.

It has to be important because the why is inspiring, it stirs up passion and people are more willing to give their time, talent and treasure to a really good, strong, clear why.

What is the kind of ‘why’ you would be willing to be part of?

Book Review: For This Cause I Was Born

This is Brian Houstons latest offering. You could say that this stuff is what he is famous for – helping people discover the greatest cause that any individual can live for. Vision is great but a cause has more power.

This is an incredibly easy read. However, that does not mean that the content is easy too. As you read you catch a glimpse of Brians heart for people, his heart for seeing people fulfill their God-given destiny.

3 things that stuck out for me:
1. ‘Vision generates excitement and enthusiasm but the cause of Christ generates power.’ Love that truth. Vision unattached to a greater cause is just a list of personal goals. Nothing wrong with setting goals but they are easily forgotten, changed or defeated. A cause doesn’t allow for options – it just stays with you all the time.

2. A Holy Calling is not some mystical thing, only reached through retreating from the world and seeking God in solitude. “There are things in your heart that the Lord has deposited there, and as you begin to step out in faith, keeping God central, He will begin to reveal, refine, and release you in your holy calling” I love that it is that simple. We over complicate it sometimes when its just about us living out the things we do each day with God smack bang at the centre of it all.

3. “A heart surrendered to God recognises the need to live beyond personal desires and surrender self to God’s will” I pray that I would be this kind of person. It is not about me but too often I make it about me. To really live for the cause is to lay down my own ambitions and trust God to put even better ones in my way.

A recommended read – definitely makes you think about the vision you should have for your life. An especially good read for new Christians. Get your copy here