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Discerning and Focusing on Meaningful Projects: Three Questions

As the year draws to a close, many leaders are eagerly looking forward to the new year, filled with fresh opportunities and projects. In the realm of spiritual leadership, the pursuit of projects that glorify God and uplift His people is paramount. In Dr. Wanita Mercer's (LMH's CEO) leadership series, "Cheers to New Beginnings", she discusses how to discerning which projects align with this noble goal with introspection and strategic thinking. In this blog post, I share three pivotal questions to guide leaders in this discernment process, ensuring that only meaningful and spiritually fulfilling projects are undertaken.

1. What is the Essence of the Project?

The first step in your journey is to ask yourself, “What is the project?” This question goes beyond the surface level of what the project is about. It delves into the essence of the project, seeking to understand the core values and emotions it aims to evoke. As a leader, you must recognize the unique project God has entrusted to you. This involves a deep understanding of the experiences and emotions you wish to bring forth in your team and stakeholders.

Key Considerations:

  • Identify the core values and spiritual principles that the project embodies.

  • Reflect on how the project aligns with your mission to lead with purpose, passion, and power.

  • Envision the emotional and spiritual impact you desire to impart through this project.

2. Why is This Project Important?

The second critical question is, “Why is this project important?” Understanding the significance of a project is essential in determining its alignment with your leadership goals and the mission of your organization. It's about recognizing what sets this project apart and what makes your organization uniquely suited to bring it to fruition.

Key Considerations:

  • Analyze how the project contributes to the higher purpose of your organization or community.

  • Assess how the project embodies the principles of love, education, affirmation, and delivery (LEAD).

  • Determine how the project will contribute to the growth and spiritual development of those involved.

3. Who is This Project For?

Finally, ask yourself, “Who is this project for?” Understanding your audience or beneficiaries is crucial in shaping your vision and strategy. It's about recognizing who will benefit from the project and how it will impact their spiritual journey.

Key Considerations:

  • Identify the specific groups or individuals who will be directly impacted by the project.

  • Consider how the project will serve the needs and aspirations of these individuals or groups.

  • Reflect on how the project can foster a sense of community and shared purpose.


By asking these three fundamental questions, leaders can ensure that they are pursuing projects that are not only meaningful but also resonate deeply with their spiritual mission. Remember, the goal is to elevate leadership, maximize impact, and most importantly, glorify God and edify His people. In doing so, leaders transform their organizations from mere institutions to vibrant communities of faith and purpose.

As we step into the new year, let us embrace these questions as guiding lights, leading us to projects that truly matter and contribute to our divine calling. For a deeper dive into this enlightening topic and its related discussions, ensure you subscribe to LMH on YouTube. Feel free to express any questions or insights, and don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe.


Jocelyn Martinez is a senior Communication Arts major at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. She is currently a copywriting intern for Lead My Heart.

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