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How to Design Successful Worship Ministry Goals

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I grew up in a house that was 100 years old. My family was always proud of that fact. It was a three-story brick farmhouse in the Ohio countryside. Cast iron radiators populated every room. Thick wooden frames anchored every doorway. The builders of this home designed it for success. To stand strong. To accomplish its purpose. Our goals can also be designed for successes. Designed to stand strong beneath the weight of distraction and fatigue. Unfortunately, most of our worship ministry goals are designed more like the forts I used to build in the woods. They were fun to make but didn’t last long.

Are Your Worship Ministry Goals Designed For Success?

  • Write a worship song

  • Train a volunteer worship leader

  • Listen to more music

  • Read the Bible

  • Recruit more volunteers onto the team

  • Introduce more songs to my church

  • Have more compassion for my church family

  • Be more connected with my volunteer team

  • Record a worship album

At first glance, these seem like great goals. A closer look reveals the inevitable – they’ll crumble at the first gust of wind.

Worship MInistry Goals Are Specific

If you’re going to hit your target you have to know what you’re aiming for. Ambiguous goals get you nowhere. Specific goals have a good chance of success. Compare these ambiguous goals vs. specific goals.

  • Start writing songs vs. Write three congregational worship songs

  • Train a volunteer worship leader vs. Train Amy to lead worship for a Sunday night service

  • Listen to more music vs. Listen to 1 new worship album each month

Worship Ministry Goals Are Measurable

Part of the fun of reaching a goal is seeing your progress along the way. A successful goal is a measurable goal.

  • Recruit more volunteers vs. Recruit three new volunteers

  • Introduce more worship songs vs. Introduce 6 new worship songs

  • Become a better guitar player vs. Improvise confidently in the keys of G, D, and E

Successful Goals Are Actionable

This simple change may be the difference between life or death for your goal. Begin each goal with a strong verb.

  • Have more compassion for my church family vs. Speak with two church members after every service

  • Be more connected with my volunteer team vs. Call each volunteer once a month

To “have” more compassion or “be” more connected is a state of being – not an action.