If you are planning on going into ministry of any kind do not even bother if you do not have a vision for the ministry.
What is vision?
Read Proverbs 29:18. (see The Ministry House paper on this site)
When coming up with a vision for your ministry ask your self What do I want
for this ministry? What does God want with this ministry? What is God calling me to do with my life? Are these three things
the same? If these three things are not the same or not even similar well I suggest you change what you want to what God wants
of you, or rethinking if this ministry is what you should be getting into. An example of what you may want out of a ministry
(a youth group in this example) could be
[ Build an army of Teenagers that are;
[ Never Relenting, Never Ashamed and
[ Never Forgotten!
This brings us to our next topic, Mission statements. A mission statement is
a two or three sentence summery of the overall vision. It should include the great commission and the great commandment.
Above was an example of a mission statement
VISION MAY INCLUDE
NAME (defines who you are)
ü Not Just First Baptist
Youth group or Friday night Bible study.
ü GIVES IDENITY
ü Should be consistent
with mission statement(for the example: Soldiers of Faith)
ü I suggest if you are
taking over a current ministry to change the current name this will create ownership for you and will also get the point across
that it is not the same old ministry as before there are changes.
ATTENDANCE GOALS (gives something tangible to shoot for)
ü Be specific, AIM SMALL,
MISS SMALL it is easier to hit something when you focus in on it
ü Instead of saying I
want to grow this groups numbers say I want 55 by the end of this year (or whatever is appropriate for ministry)
ü If appropriate for
particular ministry set prizes when certain landmarks are met such as candy, or shave head when you get 100 etc
ü If you will be leading
adult age people(this would be same for all, but adults arent as candy driven as teens and children) teach on witnessing and
bringing friends also constant reminders of the goals will help them remember from week to week. Also acknowledge it when
goals are met
ü Where would be the
best place to meet?
ü If taking over a Sunday
School is current class appropriate? Is there means of changing location?
ü If small weekday bible
study do you want a comfortable or formal feel someones house or at the church?
ü If youth group, is
the current location "youthy" if not what does it need?
ü What kind of atmosphere
do you want?
ü What decorations if
ü Should you have music
playing before you start, if so what kind?
ü All believers are ministers
to some extent provide opportunities for everyone to minister
ü What is appropriate
ü Visit nursing homes
ü Street witnessing?
ü Fund Raisers
ü Contacting Visitors
ü Give each sub-ministry
a name to make it official
ü Give everyone something
to do or atleast the opportunity to do something.
ü Less tangible however
ü For example (to go
with Example mission statement)
ü Teens that worship
ü Teens that love
ü Teens that witness
ü What are the spiritual
goals for you ministry?
ü Would a logo to go
with the name be appropriate?
ü Highly suggested for
teen and children groups remember they are a market driven advertisement generation visuals are always good
ü If you do have a logo
ü Does it fit the name
and mission statement( a pink bunny wouldn't fit with Soldiers of Faith rather a shield or sword)
ü If it fits put it on
everything get that image in everyones head
ü Logo creates owner
ü History is a teacher
ü Gives personality
ü Gives direction
ü What worked in the
past what didn't?
ü Interviews of current
leaders etc. . .
** PEOPLE JOIN A DREAM NOT A GROUP **
EX. Football team in hopes of making finals.
You have dreams? Dreams are no good unless you have a plan. If you do not have a plan you just seem to wake up from
your dreams. How are you going to reach your dreams? What do you need to teach and/or do to get there?
ü Come up with a teaching
plan appropriate for the ministry
ü Come up with a disciple
ü Activity plan
ü What is your Game plan???
Does your Plan fit into the vision? Remember the vision is the focus
of everything (well besides Christ) If plan does not fit then change your PLAN your vision should not be that disposable (that
is if it is God given, if it is not God given throw it out and get on your knees, if you come up blank well maybe you are
not to go into that particular ministry).
** Constantly and consistently remind yourself and your group of the
** Stick to The plan** what is the use of having it if you not going
to follow it?
ü First thing first make
sure your relationship with God is strong and growing
ü Make sure you are consistent
in your faith and spiritually mature
ü Make sure you practice
what you preach
ü If your spiritual life
is dull and dead don't expect much from your ministry
ü Make sure the vision
is really yours not stolen,
ü Make sure rhe vision istrue to your heart and
ü If you have any doubts
or don't want to do it then don't
ü If God is telling you
to do it then do it
ü Delegate responsibility
ü Unity among ministry
and church leaders
ü Unity among you and
people involved in the ministry
ü Make sure your pastor
is behind you keep him informed on what is going on in your group
ü Social Activities can
be ministry too
ü Do you care about people
ü Call them up
ü Call new people
ü Ask your self often
Why? Why do you do what you do? Etc . .
ü Be real be Blunt, LOVE!
ü Have a big kick off / Vision casting Party!!!