It’s officially the new year, that time when we often resolve to do things different, then feel like we fail when our determination falters. The same thing happens in ministry. We dream big, then get frustrated when reality disappoints us. Don’t despair! This week’s tip is to simplify using these simple steps. By simplifying you are much more likely to meet your ministry goals for the new year.
Step One: Declutter
Big dreams are fun, and it’s important to imagine what God might be doing in our ministries. However, when we begin to put them into action, all the details are too much to handle. Ask yourself: What is the “one thing” that is non-negotiable about this ministry? Determine one thing that will grow that area or meet that need. God might spur you to develop a new program or to change something that is existing.
Step Two: Pray
Give it to God. When you start to take control, give it to Him again. Control and responsibility are two things that often get twisted together. God has given you the responsibility to lead, but part of that responsibility involves following Him. He’s the one with the best perspective and all the power. You might not understand or be completely comfortable with what He’s guiding you into, but you’ll grow through humble obedience.
Step Three: Invite
Ask others to get involved. Start with one person. She might say “no,” but don’t get discouraged. God intends for us to live life, including ministry, alongside others. Avoid making it about “them” walking alongside you. Become a “we.” What others have to offer you and the ministry is just as important as what you haveto offer. If you’re already surrounded by a great team, reach beyond it. Even when teams are great for a season, we need to consistently grow.
These three basic steps might seem like no-brainers. You might say, “Been there, done that. Give me a better idea.” But back-to-the-basics might be just what you need to get started in 2015!
How do you prepare your ministry for the new year? Leave a comment below!