We often can’t see what will happen at step 5 until we are on step 3. But we often hesitate to take step 1 until we think we know what step 5 is. So go ahead and plan…be responsible and give it your best shot but also realize that step 5 cannot be seen clearly enough until you start on the first few steps that you do know. Only from the vantage point of steps 2-4 can you really see what step 5 has to be. Realize that the clarity you need usually does not entail seeing every single problem that could possibly arise. The clarity you need is often just seeing and moving on the next couple of obvious items and then seeing where things stand to make the next move.
There is a question that looms over the Restoration Movement that probably hits Churches of Christ as hard as anyone.