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How to Develop Your Worship Ministry Vision

Ignore obstacles

I guarantee that you will face vision obstacles. Obstacles are resources users; the like tares in a wheat field (Mat. 13:24-30). Not only is investing in obstacles unwise, it undermines your vision and then kills it. You cannot serve two visions. You will be tempted to spend time and resources in non-vision activities and programs to satisfy certain constituents because they are the safe and easy path. This temptation to return to the old way increases during the transition because neither the old nor the new way of ministry, in its uncompleted form, is very satisfying. Don’t deviate, not even for a quick fix of temporary satisfaction. Stay focused and continue applying your resources to your vision. Your future in Christ is the only means of ministry satisfaction because once God reveals new vision, the old way of doing ministry is dead—like returning to Egypt.

Continually cast vision

Nehemiah learned that people often and regularly forget why they embark on a given path. Rick Warren calls this the Nehemiah principle and suggests that people should be reminded monthly about the vision and why it is worth pursuing.

Get help

Identify the necessary or critical steps needed to attain your worship ministry vision and try to set a schedule for their completion. Realize that some steps can be worked on at the same time while others can only begin when others are completed. Consider how scheduling these steps will play a role in completing your vision. If you need help, identify where that help can come from and when it is needed.

Give all your available resources

I enjoy restoring cars, but they are expensive. At the end of the week, I put the few dollars I have left over into a car fund bucket. Although my weekly saving does not seem like much, week after week it adds up. It’s the same with vision. Your ability to reach toward your vision probably is inhibited by insufficient resources. Don’t let the fact that you have only partial resources keep you from moving toward your vision. Take what you have and invest it into your vision, even if it won’t complete your vision. This gives God the opportunity to multiply what you have invested.

The key points to remember are: 1) patiently seek worship ministry vision and write it down, 2) proclaim the full and undiluted vision, 3) don’t get distracted from moving toward your vision, 4) continually give your resources toward fulfilling your vision. The last thing to do is to periodically evaluate your progress toward your vision. If your vision is to have five new bass and three new alto singers in the choir, then count how many you have. If you haven’t met the extent of your vision, ask if you are on the way. If not, how can you plan differently to achieve the desired result? Maybe you could go to the local high school choir leader or vocal instructors and ask for volunteers that need some practical experience.

Vision is a key ingredient to ministry. I hope that this article inspires you to enter a partnership with God for your future through a compelling tangible worship ministry vision of your own. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us (Eph. 3:20). May God empower to excel in the work He has commissioned to you.

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John White has led contemporary worship bands since 1985. He teaches people the basics of leading worship in an 8-week course (about 20 hours total) and currently works as an optical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab designing and building the next generation space clocks that should be accurate to one second in 30 million years. John is happily married since December 30, 1983 and has two children.