There is an old saying, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”
This is very true in ministry.
If you are not careful, you can go through years of ministry and never have a vision that drives you.
You see, church does not have to be boring or mundane from Sunday to Wednesday to Sunday and all over again.
Years ago when I started in the ministry, our church also had a new pastor beginning his ministry.
He was a great guy.
He scheduled his first meeting with the church leaders shortly afterward to talk about vision and direction.
Sadly, instead of having a vision for the church, he asked the leaders, “Where do you think we should be going as a church family?”
You know how that went?
Everyone had their opinion and walked away from the meeting feeling very frustrated.
This lack of foresight caused a lot of problems in the church because there was no clear direction. Proverbs 29:18 tells us, “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint.”
Now here's the exciting part… How do we find a vision?
Where is the first place to look for your direction? God!
You see, when you have God's ideas, people get on board.
There is a good idea, and there is a God idea.
God blesses His ideas.
There have been many times in ministry when I prayed and sought the Lord, and He gave me a detailed picture of where He wanted me to go.
You know you have a vision from the Lord because people get excited about it. People want to be a part of it.
Years ago, I took a new direction.
I began to train children to be leaders.
I started with three adult leaders and about 15 preteens, and over the next 13 years, the number of leaders grew to about forty.
The reason leaders jumped on board was because people had a direction to follow and something they could get excited about.
They saw God working, they saw lives changed, and they wanted to be a part of it.
You know that the ministry you are in right now is not yours.
You might ask, “What do you mean?”
The ministry you are involved in belongs to Christ; He (not you) laid down His life for the church.
He is also the One who calls us to lay down our lives to Him.
You see, this is an exciting part of the ministry.
When we give our ministry over to the Lord and say this is Your ministry, Lord Jesus, and then ask Him for wisdom and vision, He answers.
He gives you His vision, and His vision is the one that people want to be a part of.
Here are a few things you can do to develop your vision:
- Pray and seek the Lord. Remember, this is His ministry. Ask Him what His will is and set yours aside.
- Put your vision from the Lord in writing. When you begin to cast your vision, people want to see it in writing in order to take hold of it and make it theirs.
- Cast your vision. Plan a meeting with your leadership team. Let them know that you feel this is the direction the Lord has given you to go.
- Have your leadership help you to make your vision happen. This is key to your success. You are casting a vision that is exciting and then releasing your people to make it happen.