Steven Covey in his highly influential book ‘Seven habits of highly effective people highlights the importance of starting with the end in mind. We do this instinctively if we are planning a route in Google Maps. Jesus gives us a clear ‘end in mind’ when he commissions us to ‘Go and make disciples’. He says to his disciples in Matt 24:14 ‘This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole earth as a testimony to all nations ….and THEN the end shall come’. This was the end he had in mind for his disciples.

Jesus gave us his mandate for his ministry in Luke 4:18 ’The spirit of the Lord has anointed me because he has sent me to preach good news to the poor….’. And then in Jn 21:4 tells his Father ‘I have glorified you by completing the work you gave me to do’. Jesus started with the end in mind.

How often do we start our new ideas, initiatives, programmes, projects etc with this end in mind?

As Jeff Lothamer takes over the National Director role of Kairos Connection I will be focussing on City Reaching. The 3 strands of Kx (reimagining church, microplanting, and city reaching) are woven together as a 3-fold cord that cannot easily be broken. Together they have gospel saturation and transformation as their end point, and the Great Commission as their starting point.

What is your ‘end point’?