Outcomes trump intentions. It is better to set expectations to a manageable level, which positions your performance in a positive light. This is not manipulation, but rather an honest self-assessment and reasonable communication.
For some time I have believed that in the coming century, the biggest ethical question may be, “What does it mean to be human?” Every time there’s an advancement in biotechnology, like the woman who moved a cursor just by thinking about it, we become one step closer to a gaussian fade on the line between human and computer. Someday, they say, we may all become cyborgs.
Simple 1-2minute video clips highlighting the church’s missional activity give the congregation specific handles on where their money is going. They also connect people with ministry activities, advertising what otherwise may never be known; they keep the focus on the world outside the church walls; and if done well, they inspire.
When thinking about equipping a local church for ministry, rather than trying to capture professional-level skills in part time and volunteer people, perhaps the more effective leadership technique is to aim for cost-effectiveness; that is, what effective implementation of this vision can be attained using people with average skillsets?