Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


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Do It Right, Promptly, and Completely

  • Jim Townsley
  • Nov 28, 2018
There’s an old carpenter’s saying, “I cut the board three times and it’s still too short.” Activity is not always synonymous to productivity. Church planting requires hard work and sacrificial effort, but the effort is in vain if it is not done properly. No preacher should be guilty of giving less than his best or simply going through the motions of building a church. Success is equated with doing things right, promptly and completely.
All preachers are human and that means we are prone to mistakes. Scripture reminds us that we need the intervention of God to do His work. “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” - - John 15:5. The Bible further states,
“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” -- Rom 7:18. Although we are not perfect and we are prone to mistakes there is no excuse for not doing our best for the Lord. If something is worth doing it is worth doing well. The right way to start a church involves seeking godly counsel. No one man has all the answers but seeking wise counsel shows wisdom and humility by a young man. “For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.” -- Proverbs 24:6 
There is a right way to do things and we should always seek to do our best for the Lord. Also, preachers should learn the lesson of doing things promptly. We live in a day where timeliness is often missing. One of my mentors taught me that if the church service starts five minutes late you have wasted five minutes for every person present. If there are one hundred people in attendance you have wasted over eight hours of time. Keeping an electronic schedule or a simple calendar of tasks is a must in the ministry. If you fail to keep a list of duties many things will never get done. Some things can be done immediately and hence never even get on your list. Doing things promptly will save time in the long run and more importantly it will build your integrity.
Finally it is important to finish every task. Doing things completely is not being taught to children today and sadly these children become adults that do not finish their tasks. Christian character requires doing our job well, promptly and completely. “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,” -- Luke 14:28-29.  Everything about your church should be reflected as being sharp and well done. Consider all your printed material. Does it look sharp and pleasing? What about your web site? Is your meeting place clean and organized? Are you and your family dressed well? Is the service organized and does it run smoothly? How are your communication skills? Do you deal with people in a professional way? These and many other questions will reveal if you are doing things right, promptly and completely.