The enemy of outreach is the perfect plan. The best way to make a difference in your community is to simply find a need and set out to meet that need.
Many ministries are hindered by prolonging talks in a conference room about “What could go wrong” in starting an outreach program. Can I tell you that things will go wrong. Why? Because we are dealing with hurting people who have needs.
The better question is, “What could go right?” I’ve seen many great pursuits to help people derailed by asking the wrong questions. Thus, things never even get off the floor.
NEVER LET THE PURSUIT OF THE PERFECT PLAN TAKE YOU AWAY FROM PERFECT LOVE.
Everything we have done at the Dream Center was driven by love first that allowed the ministry to be launched. Within that love for people, (Ideas are allowed to flourish without perfection), the ideas became clearer.
We started our floor for homeless families because a police officer brought a family to church that was living in their car. A couple of years later the plan and strategy has unfolded in a beautiful way.
Great plans cannot come forward unless you are actively helping people. There’s a good chance that even your best plan will be nonexistent or ineffective from anything drawn up in a board meeting.
Just get started, trust your instincts in helping people, and trust that the greatest wisdom in any ministry plan is the lessons we learn by actively helping people.