Leaders Think Forward

February 8, 2010

Recently I listened to an interview from the guys at Catalyst with Rick Warren, Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven® Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?.

It's no secret that Rick Warren is an amazing leader who's built a church and led a movement that has saved thousands of people to Christ.

As I listened to the interview, I noticed how forward thinking he was. In the interview he outlined how him and his staff at Saddleback had started the church in 1980 with four decades of planning. He said they had a specific focus for the church for each decade that he wanted the church to focus on and work on.

Pretty amazing that as a small unknown pastor who barely knew what he was doing, had the foresight and thought to be planning 40 years ahead!

As a leader, are you thinking forward? What do you see in your life and your organization one year ahead, five years ahead, twenty years ahead, forty years ahead?

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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One response to Leaders Think Forward

  1. Christopher,
    Thanks for your post. 40 years ahead…I have some thinking to do.
    About a year and a half ago I started catching a glimpse of a prefered future. I tell a little about it and suggest how to find vision at: http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/trajectory/
    Thanks again,
    Leadership Freak
    Dan Rockwell