Maybe it’s just who I am or maybe I was taught early on that I’m not the smartest, the best, or the one with the brightest ideas; whatever the case, I simply LOVE learning.
In fact, my top “strength” according to Strengthsfinder is Learner.
But everyone knows how much information is available these days.
And it’s overwhelming!
At times, I become paralyzed with an overload of information. I can find supporting studies, articles, and view points on the best practice for effective youth ministry in several different areas. Each day, I am bombarded (actually, I bombard myself) with blog posts, twitter feeds, facebook links, and books.
At some point, a decision has to be made and a direction has to be determined.
Yesterday, I was having lunch with one of the most accomplished and Godly pastors I’ve ever been around. He told me something that, for me, is incredibly profound.
He makes a decision when he is 80% certain.
Maybe this isn’t shocking to you, but for me, I try to usually make sure I’m like 99.9% certain of the answer and direction. I want to know if other people have tried it, where it’s worked, how it’s gone, etc, etc., until I have a percentage that is at least above 95%.
Here’s the problem: Decisions are rarely made. New directions are rarely taken. Calculated risks, despite uncertainty, are rarely chosen. I think part of the reason I attempt to get a 99.9% change of success if because I don’t want to fail and I don’t want to let anyone down.
If I adopt this 80% rule, I won’t become so overwhelmed by all the competing information. I can make decisions by being fairly certain, but not 99.9% certain. I can take chances once in a while, knowing that people will be disappointed, but resting assured my identity comes in Christ alone.
What does it take for you to make a decision? For youth pastors, what type of decisions have you been avoiding — waiting for more certainty — that you just need to give a green light to?