Yesterday I was talking with a church planter about River Ridge and sharing some of the lessons I learned from my experience. This familiar saying popped into my mind: “”Don’t put the cart before the horse!” It is easy for church planters or pastors (or anyone for that matter) to get their priorities backwards or do things in the wrong order.

As we talked I realized that even though we may not get the cart before the horse, we can move forward before we’re ready. Planting a church, leading a church, or doing anything else requires us to carefully follow the right steps in the right order at the right time. To often we want to rush the process and charge the “hill” before everything is ready. That can be disastrous for us and those we’re leading. If we fail to carefully plan and then load our cart with everything needed to fulfill that plan, we may fail to take that “hill.”

Patience is not easy. We live in a culture that has come to expect instant results. But, there are some things (like planting a church) that require us to accomplish a step or milestone before moving on to the next one.

Do not put the cart before the horse. Do leave with a partially loaded cart either!