Weekly Planning| Starting with Vision

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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.

Pass-code for missionaries, international church leaders and under resourced pastors:  “multiply”

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If you have any issues downloading the resource, questions or feedback, please email us at multiplyingleaders@gmail.com

Vision| What is Your Dream as a Student Minister?

Mission and vision statements can be confusing.  What does each mean?  Here is how I break it down.  Mission is the over-arching, driving WHY you do what you do.  Your Mission statement should guide as the start and end of every decision.  Mission statements answer why you exist.

Vision statements are what it looks like when the mission is accomplished.  How will your team, your community, your organization, the customer be changed by the mission. How will the world be different?  How will value be added to people’s lives?  What do you long to see happen?  Vision statements capture the fulfillment of the vision and are important because they not only keep you on track, but they inspire leaders to make it happen.

Below is my vision statement for our student ministry at our church.  What does your vision look like? 

1. Students would come to know Jesus as Savior and King every month

2. Every student would be connected, cared for and coached (known, loved, guided in God’s truth)

3. Students would catch the vision for making disciples and be passionate about living on mission

4. Families would grow healthier at Calvary and there would be a great partnership between families and the youth ministry

5. Students would experience transformation growth with clear signs of the Spirit’s fruit

6. We would be known in our community as a refuge of hope and belonging for students

7. We would be known in our community for our student leadership development

8. There would be an abundance of leaders passionately and lovingly pouring into the next generation

9. Students would have a rooted and strong faith, believing the gospel and living out their Jesus’ identity everyday.

10. We would be known on the staff as team players who worked well across departments for the greater vision.

11. We would be known as a youth ministry who served and supported other churches in our town. We were a kingdom player and not an empire builder.

Talent – Initiative= failure

“In Beyond Talent, John Maxwell writes, “Talent without initiative never reaches its potential. It’s like a caterpillar that won’t get into its cocoon. It will never transform, forever relegated to crawling on the ground, even though it had the potential to fly.””    –John Maxwell’s Blog

I pulled this quote out of a blog post on John Maxwell’s website because it rung true for my life and for the lives of others around me.  You can be gifted, a great dreamer and educated, but if you don’t move from idea to initiative, you won’t get far.  Great vision accomplished requires great and consistent effort. 

In my life notice I am good at seasons of consistency, moments of energy, but I have to work on daily consistency when it comes from seeing the vision move from idea to reality.

What about you?  How have you learned to not just dream or desire change, but to get traction and take initiative from idea to action? 

Good Talk on Vision from Andy Stanley

http://andystanley.com/free-resources/

Good website with a lot of great resources.  But especially look at the video link on left side of page from Making Vision Stick -Part I and Making Vision Stick Part 2. 

I would also recommend his leadership podcast.  Regardless of whether you like everything Andy has to say, he is a thinker/leader who will grow you and challenge you on the journey.

Vision is Fuel

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Vision functions like fuel in a family, organization, church or business. When those on the team, in the family, or in an organization can see where you need/want to go and are committed to getting there, it gives fuel to the community/team.  Vision inspires, brings clarity, and ignites hearts and minds towards a common goal.  It engages others in a way that makes them feel more human, more alive, more passionate.  Or at least it should.  We must be constantly talking about vision for the world we find ourselves in.  And we must do so in a way that fuels, energizes and encourages others on their journey. 

Are you living with a vision for your life?

Is your vision shaped by God?

What keeps you from taking time to reflect on your future? 

What can you do today to improve as a vision caster/vision planter wherever you are and whoever you are with?

Vision Quote from Making Vision Stick

If God has given you a picture of what could and should be, embrace it fully and refuse to allow the busyness and urgency of life to distract you. […] Seeing a vision become a reality requires more than a single burst of energy or creativity. It requires daily attention. Daily commitment (72-73).

Making Vision Stick by Andy Stanley