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We have to know our focus.

I heard a term the other day that has had my gears turning: intentional neglect.

It wasn’t used in a church context, but I think it certainly has application right now, especially for the church I lead. As a church we are retooling almost everything, and in doing so, we have narrowed almost everything we do into the "big three" right now:

  • Sunday morning experience
  • Kids
  • Small groups

In narrowing our focus, it literally means we have to intentionally neglect some other areas. It doesn’t mean those others areas of ministry aren’t important. No! It just means right now we have identified our WINs (What’s Important Now). We’ve identified those areas that need our attention, energy and resources right now.

This is the real reality of planting or growing a church. You can’t do everything well. You have or know your focus and “intentionally neglect” other areas until your WINs meet the goals established.

Are you intentionally neglecting something right now? If so, don’t feel bad. Concentrate on the WINs.

Artie Davis is the pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg, S.C. He heads the Comb Network and the Sticks Conference. He speaks and writes about leadership, ministry, church planting and cultural diversity in the church. You can find his blog at or catch him on Twitter @artiedavis.

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