Leadership: Following Through In Ministry
Written by Glen Dawursk, Jr. -- www.yuthguy.com
In Lewis Carroll’s classic story, “
Why do many churches lack direction in their ministry? __________________
Being motivated by God is an awesome experience, but maintaining an attitude of “motivation” is far more difficult. That “attitude” often becomes clouded by our sinful nature and we often lose the focus or direction of our motivation; but first we need to know our purpose in ministry.
Ü The need for purpose:
“For example, H.G. Wells, famous historian and philosopher, said at age 61: "I have no peace. All life is at the end of the tether." The poet Byron said, "My days are in yellow leaf, the flowers and fruits of life are gone, the worm and the canker, and the grief are mine alone." The literary genius Thoreau said, "Most men live lives of quiet desperation."
Ralph Barton, one of the top cartoonists
of the nations, left this note pinned to his pillow before taking his own life:
"I have had few difficulties, many friends, great successes; I have gone
from wife to wife, from house to house, visited great countries of the world,
but I am fed up with inventing devices to fill up twenty-four hours of the day." (Morning Glory,
Someone once said that a man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder. These great men lacked real “purpose” in their lives and without purpose they had no passion and without passion they had no motivation to live. They lacked real direction.
What is the purpose in your ministry? Why do you do what you do?
Ü Ask these questions about our purpose:
1) Does our purpose include “Giving God __________?” Glory
C.S. Lewis once said, “The glory of God, and, as our only means to glorifying Him, the salvation of human souls, is the real business of life.” (http://www.christianglobe.com/Illustrations/theDetails.asp?whichOne=p&whichFile=purpose)
2) Does our purpose include “Becoming More ________ Jesus?” Like
3) Does our purpose include “Following God’s _________ For Me” -- His divine guidance?
CBS News Anchor Dan Rathers keeps his professional focus by keeping three pieces of paper around him at all times. He keeps one in his wallet, one on his desk and another he carries in his pocket. On each paper is the simple question: "Is what you are doing now helping the broadcast?" (www.hillcrestalliance.org/sermon/981011.html from Our Daily Bread, March 9)
When we evaluate our purpose in ministry, we also need to set our priorities. Is this purpose worth fighting for? How does this purpose rank against my personal values in ministry? Both our purpose and values must be inline with God if we are going to see blessings in our ministry – otherwise we will struggle throughout the journey and will be dissatisfied when we complete the process; and we will lack the “passion” to accomplish our ministry purpose.
Passion is doing something “________________”
What do we want to do “heartily” in ministry?
How would you define “Success in Ministry?”
Do you consider yourself successful in ministry? Explain.
According to national
consultant Mike Murdock in his book, Leadership
Secrets of Jesus, “Success is the
progressive achievement of God-intended goals.”
(P. 218, Tulsa, OK, Honor Books 1996)
Goal setting is an effective way to stay motivated and focused in ministry. Goals must focus on the potential for the future within the framework of the purposes of ministry. Unfortunately Satan prefers stagnation and prefers for us to remain in the status quo or the past.
Jesus leads us toward the _____________. This is also called “vision” in ministry. future
ÜWhen setting ministry goals, consider the following:
Most important: What is the scriptural basis for the goal? Find a supporting scripture verse for each of your ministry goals.
Types of goals:
There are “now” goals and “out there” goals. Always determine where your goal falls.
Ø Below, write a specific goal in your ministry for each of these types.
Ø Evaluate whether each of your goals fits your purpose and passion.
Also consider whether your goal specific enough,
is attainable but challenging and who it will be accountable to.
Now (immediate/ongoing): _________________________________________
Soon (1-2 years): ________________________________________________
Later (3-5 years): ________________________________________________
Out There (6 or more years): _______________________________________
Ü Stumbling Blocks to Goals
Remember Satan does not want ministry to happen. He will create stumbling blocks to your goals in ministry. Someone once said, “When you're up to your neck in alligators, it's difficult to keep your mind on the fact that your primary objective is to drain the swamp.” Satan will try to distract you from your purpose and passion by confusing your goals or by making them seem unattainable.
Think of a time when Satan distracted you from your ministry:
Satan often uses doubt or fear to confuse us. How is this done in a church ministry? Where do finances enter into the process?
Satan also blocks our goals and stagnates ministry potential through the following:
Remember, a Christian is like a tea bag, we do not come to full strength until we are put into a little hot water. God promises that these stumbling blocks are only temporary and perseverance always pays off.
Ü Ministry must see the “Goal Line.”
Ü Strive to ____________ the race.
“There is a story involving Yogi Berra, the well-known catcher for the New York Yankees, and
Hank Aaron, who at that time was the chief power hitter for the Milwaukee
Braves. The teams were playng in the World Series, and
as usual Yogi was keeping up his ceaseless chatter, intended to pep up his
teammates on the one hand, and distract the
Dream of the success the goal will accomplish. What will happen to our church, our youth group, our Christian day school, our ministry? What positive things could happen to the congregation? Brainstorm where ministry potential can be and then maintain endurance as you strive to complete the race.
Write a prayer asking for God to bring focus back to your ministry’s purpose, to give you passion and fun in ministry and offer you endurance as you seek to accomplish your ministry goals.
Does our purpose include “Giving God Glory?” (p. 2)
Does our purpose include “Becoming More Like Jesus?” (p. 2)
Does our purpose include “Following God’s Will For Me?” (p. 2)
Passion is doing something “Heartily.” (p. 3)
Jesus leads us toward the future. (p. 4)
Strive to finish the race. (p. 6)