Years ago I was part of a group that always talked about having a BHAG – Big Hairy Audacious Goal. A quick Google search reveals that BHAG is an idea conceptualized in the book, “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies” by James Collins and Jerry Porras. I’ve never read this book, but it’s amazing how ideas spread because I have a BHAG I started mulling over a decade ago, and I’m going to share it with you.
When I first had the vision, it was an accredited K-12 Christian boarding school for the performing arts. It has since evolved into a complete training center for adults and children that is open for worship on Sundays and a non-exclusive club during the week. It is a fully operational hotel with a fresh local foods cafe, playroom where moms will drop off their children for a few hours during the day to run errands, Christian library with wifi, various classrooms, multi-media studio, a gallery for local artists, pool/gym, and a ballroom that will be rented out for parties. The students/members will put on plays and artistic productions for the community that are open to the public.
It has distinct levels of membership, each with its own privileges. We will work closely with local small and established businesses to bring more revenue to the community by acquiring discounts for members and featuring their wares through seasonal fashion shows, DIY classes, tutorials, Spa nights, etc. We will sponsor various community service outings to help local food banks and other needs in the community. We will also run numerous missions trips abroad throughout the year. The adult and children’s classes offered during the week will range from Leadership to Finance, Parenting to the biblical Supernatural.
The funny thing is when I started dreaming about this BHAG, the fruition was nowhere in sight. Pierre and I were going through a rough patch in our marriage, he was too swamped with daily responsibilities to dream, and my heart was on everything else but our family. We were immature, unorganized, irresponsible, broke, and constantly in strife. Yet it was a vision I dared to share with friends and we would talk about it together, each seeing how they could contribute. I’ve since lost touch with a lot of those original people I’d share my dreams with, and the blueprint changed over time, but it never went away.
Years went by and our marriage healed. So did our finances and family. We grew up.
In February of this year (2016), my husband and I were ordained as pastors and opened our church, Kingdom Oasis. Over the summer, I became a licensed director for Classical Conversations, an academic curriculum and training center for homeschoolers. At the time of this publishing I will have opened a new school campus in my town and be overseeing the first day of classes.
In recent weeks I have been tempted to look at the current number of people in our church or school and get discouraged, but then I look back and see what this actually is: the beginnings of a BHAG that started as a picture in my heart, long over a decade ago.
So I encourage you today, what is your BHAG? Is it something you’ve never allowed yourself to think about, or one that needs to be resurrected? The amazing thing is that you don’t have to know the How. Your part is only to believe. I struggled with believing for years. I don’t anymore. In fact, my BHAG doesn’t seem nearly as big and audacious as it used to. It’s time for bigger dreams…
All things are possible to those who believe (Mark 9:23).