For most of my ministry leadership I have made the mistake of rushing into the week, responding to the immediate requests and upcoming responsibilities. I would jump in trying to get an edge on my week to keep up with the rush of information, requests and needs. Unfortunately, jumping to your week is the wrong move. You must lead yourself before you lead others.
Leading ourselves as ministry leaders means reminding ourselves and drinking from the vision before we seek to tackle anything else. Every week we must soak ourselves in our own vision, a vision that should be rooted in the good news of Jesus and should inspire and motivate. Too many times we fail to understand that passion is a choice. We choose to fill ourselves and feed ourselves and to keep a sustainable pace. There will be many competing visions and demands that will distract and detour us from the role and ministry God has called us to do if we don’t start with remembering the WHY. The WHY puts the fuel in the tank. Is your tank filled?
6 Reasons we need to start with vision.
- Vision reminds us of God’s mission
- Vision reminds us it is God’s mission
- Vision reminds us of our identity and calling
- Vision keeps us inspired in the weekly tasks, challenges and failures
- Vision keeps us focused in the midst of many good things
- Our teams, communities and families are starved for vision
Here is my encouragement to you as ministry leader, something I would tell myself twelve years ago when I started ministry if I could. Take the first 1-2 hours of your week to remind yourself of the vision, drink from the gospel and invite God to give you discernment as you look at your week. Starting with vision before we respond to one phone call or do one task…reminding ourselves what God has called us to and why it is meaningful will transform our leadership.
I have created a tool to help you thrive as a ministry leader. If you already have a system that helps you start with vision, then keep working it and filling yourself with the WHY before you do anything else. If you don’t have a tool click on the link below. The tool is $2. If you like the tool please pass the link on to other leaders who might benefit. If you know a missionary or a church leader internationally or a leader who can’t afford any resources, then pass on the link and also this pass-code that will make it free to them.
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