Every church leader has a vision for what their ministry could be like one day. It’s exciting to think about the ways God could use your church to reach your community and impact the world.
But if you were being honest with yourself, is there a part of you that really struggles to believe that vision could become a reality? If so, you’re not alone. There are a lot of church leaders around the country trying to figure out how to lead their church from where it is now to where they want to be. Today, I want to connect the dots from your current reality to your ministry vision.
Three questions that will help you start closing the gap
- Where do you want to go? Start with the articulation of your envisioned future. You need a compelling vision that you can clearly communicate to others. It needs to be absolutely clear who you’re trying to reach. This will be your plumb line for evaluating every idea or ministry opportunity.
- Where are you now? Be honest about where you are today. Sometimes we have to confront the brutal facts. Review the metrics that matter. Our job as leaders is to create an opportunity gap that our people can help us close.
- How do you get from where you are to where you want to be? Once you understand your current reality and know the direction you want to go, then (and only then) you can develop a plan for how you are going to get there. Seek counsel from other church leaders who’ve led their churches through similar situations. Develop a plan with milestones you can use to measure progress. Break your milestones into achievable timelines (3–5 years, 1 year, quarterly).
Closing the gap between your current reality and ministry vision takes intentionality. Most times, the reason church leaders struggle with this is because they never stop and take the time to think about it. These are questions that can and should be asked on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual basis. When you take the time to think critically and strategically about the direction of your church, you’re more likely to get where you want to go.
Do you have trouble determining the next steps that will help your ministry vision become a reality?