As we start the new year, God can give you FRESH vision for your life and ministry.
Habakkuk 2:2, “Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.”(NKJV)
Here are the notes from a message I recently shared at our All Staff Meeting, based upon the scripture above. I'd challenge you to listen to it here and pray about the fresh vision God has for your life and ministry for 2013.
1. BUILD A CORE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Jesus had 12 and within that he had 3. Pour into a core of leaders. Resource them, give them cd’s of leadership messages, blogs that speak to you, dvd’s or notes from a ministry conference that is relevant to their area.
Ex. My Experience at Bethany Baptist Church – We had about 115 students in our student ministry in a church of about 600. It was basically me and 3 other leaders that were doing it all. We had a Big Event every Wed called the Main Event with over 100 students coming., Sunday morning programming, discipleship groups almost every afternoon, we had what we called Power Company with a drama team, band, vocal team, rap team, and a clowning team. And the 4 of us were pretty much running the whole thing.
One of the guys from Reach Out ministry said you need to build a leadership family or you are going to burn out.
It’s kind of like when Jethro came to Moses and said what you are doing is not good.
Exodus 18:13-23, “The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. 14 When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?” 15 Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will. 16 Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and instructions.” 17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.
I didn’t do it right away because I made excuses:
I’m too busy.
I’m too young.
I’m not sure anyone will want to help me.
But I took a step of faith and began to meet every Sunday afternoon with a group of adults. It started off with just about 4 or 5 but grew to over 20 adults that I met with every week. And what happened was not only did they help me lead the student ministry but we developed relationships and became like a family. I actually looked forward to our time together. I kind of became like a connect group focused on student ministry.
So in 2013 develop a strong core team.
2. RECRUIT, DEVELOP AND DELEGATE YOUR LEADERSHIP
You can’t do it alone!
Exodus 18:19-23, “Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. 20 Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. 21 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. 23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.”
The best leaders you have to go after! You have to go hunting for them. After a while you can spot someone that would be great in your ministry area really easy. And then your leaders will recruite others.
Who do you look for?
- They Need To Be Capable – They need to have some ability. There needs to be a capacity. That’s why we need to direct or redirect people to a ministry they can flourish in.
Ex. you don’t put someone shy as a front door greeter. And you don’t put someone who sings off key as a worship leader.
- Fear God – God is first in their life. They give God first even when no one notices.
- Trustworthy – you can trust them.
- Hate Dishonest Gain – pure motives. They aren’t doing what they do for the money.
3. DON’T LOOK BACK BUT MOVE FORWARD
We need to thank God for the past and build on it but we can’t live in the past.
Let’s get this phrase out of our vocabulary when being creative or planning, “What did we do last year?” It’s helpful to look at stats and trends but I don’t think God wants us to just warm up last years services or last years ideas.
4. GOD WANTS TO DO SOMETHING NEW IN OUR CHURCH!
One thing God reminded me of is that it’s helpful to get ideas and inspiration from other churches but we have to ask God what does HE want us to do. As awesome as a church may be they are not C3! And I am not their pastor. God has given us a unique DNA and an awesome and unique vision. I don’t want us to be just a big church I want us to be an influential church and that means that we may do something that has never been done before or something we have never done before.
Isaiah 43:16-19, “This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”(NIV)