Last night I celebrated two years at my present ministry. What a blessing! I praise the Lord for that! I was given the opportunity to speak, and I conveyed the importance of having goals in ministry. Otherwise, if you aim at nothing, you will hit it everytime.
Here are some ministry goals for myself that may help you set your goals for 2009:
- Continued Growth – It is important not to focus on physical numbers, but more on spiritual growth. Easier said than done, I know. One of the first questions people ask about your ministry is “How have your teens grown this year spiritually?” Sike….The first question they ask is “How big is your youth group?” Make sure you prioritize the growth in their relationship with the Lord, not the growth in relationship to size.
- Building Relationships – Looking at Christ’s example of his days of ministry. He spent so much time building relationships with his disciples and with those that were in need. The demon-possessed man, the lepers, and the blind man to name a few…Christ showed his compassion on those that needed help. These teens and your youth leaders need help. Take the time to encourage and ask how each person is doing, especially those that may not hear “how are you” in a course of a week. And actually listen to the answer, instead of making sure you start at 7pm instead of 7:01:45.
- Equip – As God’s Word teaches in Ephesians 4:12, we must equip our youth leaders, students, and parents to be ministers & servants of God’s kingdom. Don’t try to do everything yourself! Find ways to use talents, gifts, and abilities to fill in for your inadequacies and supplant your talents, gifts, and abilities. As my good friend says, it will be a good thing when you don’t show up and you are not missed. Lay down your pride, and let your group be the showcase, not you.
What about you? What are your ministry goals?