- Have You Defined Your Vision—Your Purpose?
Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2
Our vision is an extension of our pastor’s vision—Teach kids how to live the abundant life that Jesus came to give… so that they can win others to Jesus.
- Are Your Priorities Right?
In case you’re not sure—It’s GOD, SPOUSE (if you’re married), CHILDREN (if you have them), CAREER/JOB…MINISTRY…EXTENDED FAMILY & FRIENDS…HOBBIES…
The areas of career and ministry may be interchangeable. Some people are blessed to be able to work in ministry full-time—and get paid! Others work in ministry “part-time” or are full-time volunteers! Paul worked mending tents as he also worked in ministry…You still have to take care of business…pay your bills…take care of your family, etc.
- Are You Teaching God’s Word—Above All Else?
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” John 12:32
“But seek ([a]aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness ([b]His way of doing and being right), and then all these things [c]taken together will be given you besides.” Matthew 6:33 (Amplified)
Jesus and the Word ARE ONE! Don’t under-estimate the importance of putting the Word of God first-place in children’s ministry—before being cute, clever, funny or entertaining. The Word of God is what will empower kids to flourish in life—whether their family environment is “perfect” or not. It will also help them develop a life-long relationship with the Lord.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
“They were amazed at His teaching, for His word was with authority and ability and weight and power.” Luke 4:32
- Are You Willing to Change—And Take Steps on purpose Toward Right Changes?
Look at what you’re doing—think “new”. If something isn’t working, fix it! Don’t continue just because something has always been done a certain way.
Make sure that people understand that when you change something, it’s because you’re concerned about the welfare of the people and presenting quality, effective ministry! Make sure your motives are pure and that don’t get caught up in a power struggle. Exercise godly wisdom while you make changes.
- Have You Made Time to Delegate?
You can’t make the vision happen by yourself! When others read and catch the vision, they will want to work with you. Be prepared. Have a list of projects and job descriptions ready for people to do when they volunteer.
Moses was over-worked and ineffective in ministering to people “all by himself.” His father-in law gave Moses a plan to organize and delegate responsibilities. Writing vision, making plans, mapping out strategies in detail, setting priorities and designing job descriptions takes much time but it is time well-invested.
“25 At that time Jesus answered and said, ‘I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes…. 27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father… 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.'” Matthew 11:25, 27-30
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Jesus hand-picked his “top twelve” disciples after a night of prayer! How much more do we need to pray about who we should invite to work with us?
“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles.” Luke 6:12-13
- Do You Endeavor to Be Better—And Do Better?
“And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3 And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. 4 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had, he put into his hand. 5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. 6 And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favored.” Genesis 39:2-6
PROSPEROUS: TO PUSH FORWARD
Push forward! Work with people who are willing to push forward! Go the extra mile!
- Do You Keep a “Can-Do” Attitude?
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
Doing all things through Christ strengthens you. It’s a mindset—develop mental toughness! Not self-pity! Walk by faith! Walk on the water! Push beyond your natural ability and operate in God’s ability working through you—by faith!
- Are You Giving “All You’ve Got”For the Kids? For the Lord? For Your Pastors?
“And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only, in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you he shall in no wise lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42
IT’S GIVING! EXPECT A HARVEST FOR YOURSELF & YOUR FAMILY!