Sometimes progress looks like inching along, when it’s an uphill climb to go anywhere. In other seasons, we’re trekking up the mountain full speed. OneHope is in a season of acceleration, with a goal to add value to the lives of 135 million children and youth in 2021. 

How did we go from one of the most challenging years ever to expanding our operations the next year? We purposefully took steps to encourage acceleration. 

Steps you can take too. 

Position – we made decisions that were going to serve our future vision, not only the needs of the present. What decision do you need to make today that will serve you long-term?  

Prepare – have you prepared for the changes in structure, systems, skills, and staffing to accommodate the acceleration strategy and the budget and spending for future growth? What guardrails do you have for accountability?  The OneHope team is accountable to a Board of Directors that approves major Vision shifts and all annual budgets.  

Propagate – you need to share the plan in a way where the entire team buys into the vision. If they don’t, going faster just seems like significantly more work, consistent communication is essential. 

Purpose – why are you setting yourself up to accelerate? Think of your end goal at the beginning. The need for acceleration must be centered on the mission of the organization; not a leader’s aspirations, financial gain or institutional growth.

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Rob Hoskins is the president of OneHope. Since taking leadership of OneHope in 2004, he has continued to advance the vision of God’s Word. Every Child. by partnering with local churches to help reach more than 2 BILLION children and youth worldwide with a contextualized presentation of God’s Word.

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