Yesterday I wrote about the concept of direct results. Here’s an example of a ministry with a razor-sharp focus on direct results:  Project 127. This ministry is working toward the goal of emptying Colorado’s foster care system. The vision statement is clear and measurable: “No Waiting Children in Colorado Foster Care by 2014.”

“‘The body of Christ needs to come together to make sure there are no children waiting for homes in Colorado. It is a travesty that we have kids waiting for homes in our own back yards. That should never be the case…’ said Pastor Robert Gelinas in 2004. So we rolled up our sleeves and got to work. The result was Project 1.27. ‘Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans… in their distress,’ James 1:27. Project 1.27 is about helping Christian parents adopt and foster children in Colorado’s foster care system. We believe there is a family for every child or youth who is waiting.”

Think about the specific goals of your own ministry. How could you focus less on activities and more on results? What shifts would need to happen?