If this statistic is true, 7 out of every 10 church leaders reading this post won’t accomplish the vision they have for their ministry in 2014. The energy and excitement that’s been buzzing around the church offices will wear off. There will be unexpected bumps in the road that could derail you along the way. Despite your best intentions, accomplishing the vision you have for your ministry in 2014 requires more than catchy phrases that you share with your entire church.
What do you need to make the vision for your ministry in 2014 a reality?
A few weeks ago, my friend Deborah Wipf shared an incredible example of how you can turn your pastor’s vision into a reality. In the end, Deborah explained that accomplishing any vision requires two things:
- Accomplishing your vision requires leadership.
While this is the more obvious requirement, it doesn’t mean it’s easy. Leadership requires you keep your staff, key volunteer leaders, and church members focused on achieving your vision over the course of the next year. You need to make sure everyone not only understands the vision, but why they are an important part of achieving it. Unifying your communication and empowering your entire church to accomplish your vision is essential for achieving success in 2014.
- Accomplishing your vision requires a process.
Church leaders often trust their members to be fully committed to the vision through the year and do not build the necessary processes to actually accomplish it. Being a good leader isn’t the only thing required for accomplishing your vision. You also need a process. You have to be able to monitor, manage, and adapt to understand why certain things are happening and how you can improve.
Leading your church from where you are now to where you want to be depends as much on your process as it does your leadership. Before you spend time trying to figure out how you’re going to inspire your church members to share the vision of your ministry, define the process of how you’re actually going to accomplish it.
What processes has your church put in place to ensure that you achieve its vision for ministry in 2014?