Good ideas need more than enthusiasm to be put into practice. It is easy to rush into new activities. The co-ordinating team needs to think carefully about what activities are planned, how to support this work, who will be needed, where to find the necessary training and resources, when action will begin and how to report back regularly to the church.
If a church lacks money to pay for equipment or training, consider working in partnership with another church with more resources. This could be located in a large town or city, or in another country. Building up a strong relationship can help encourage and challenge both churches.
Involve representatives of the people who will benefit from the work at all stages of planning. Good planning will encourage people’s confidence. Most effective work builds on establishing relationships. Some groups may prove a real challenge. For example refugees may speak different languages, street children may not trust adults and people may be very reluctant to discuss personal problems. Gaining people’s confidence in order to take a first step is often the hardest part and may take a long time. Don’t be discouraged!