Growing Worshiping Disciples on Mission for Christ

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Leading Through Change: Step Five – Create a Detailed Strategy

Signs of Change

Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem
lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come,
let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be
in disgrace.” I also told them about the gracious hand of my
God upon me and what the king had said to me. They replied,
“Let us start rebuilding.” Nehemiah 2:17–18, NIV

Gather those who respond positively to the Leadership Team recruitment process presented in the last blogpost. People tend to support what they help create. In your first meeting, involve your leadership team in seeing the missional vision and creating a written plan. Here are three necessary steps in this leadership process:

1. Write a vision statement

A vision statement is a verbal snapshot of the dream God has given you. Leadership gurus will direct you to write a mission statement before you write a vision statement. But our mission has already been given to us in the Great Commission: to grow worshiping disciples on mission. How has God called you to fulfill that mission in your community? Answer with a compelling statement in dynamic language to give the best possible word picture of the vision.

2. Develop SMART goals.

Goal-setting is a must if you are going to achieve your vision. When it comes to setting goals, our normal pattern of life tends to be: I set unreachable goals; I procrastinate and then self-criticize; pressure builds inside and outside of me as I fail to work toward my vision; I abandon the vision and go back to living the same old way. New Year’s resolutions seldom work because they follow this pattern. We must be smarter when we set goals to achieve our vision. Developing SMART goals is the smart way to lead through change into action. SMART goals fulfill this acrostic: S = Specific; M = Measurable; A = Attainable; R = Relevant; T = Time Specific.8

3. Win with action plans.

An old cliché says: “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Did you know that wasting 30 minutes a day will add up to 11 days wasted every year? You could use those extra 11 days to lead a mission project this year. As you pursue your smart goals, continually ask, “What’s important now?” and then, “What’s important next?” Your answers to those two questions will help form your action plans.

Here is a worksheet to help the team develop a detailed strategy:

Worksheet: Develop your Mission Vision Statement.

From (month/year)__________ to _____________, I will lead my worship ministry to “meet people at their point of need in our community on a regular basis to build relationships that lead to witnessing opportunities” by doing these things: _________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________

Develop a SMART Goal (Specific/Measurable/Attainable/ Relevant/Time Specific).

I will lead my worship team to present a mission project in my community at the location of _______ ___________________________, on these dates ____________________________________, using the artistic medium of_______________________________________. Our goal is to have a total of ______ people participate at least once from the community. We hope to have an average weekly attendance of ______ with whom we will build relationships. We will present the gospel to them in these ways_ ___________________________________________________________ _____________.

We pray that _____ people will accept Christ as Lord and Savior.

Develop an Action Plan to WIN (What’s Important Now? What’s Important Next?)

Resources Needed?

___________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________

Candidates for Mission Team Members?

___________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________

Permissions Needed?

___________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________

Training Needed for Team?

___________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________

OKAY!  The planning resources you need are right here.  Help yourself!  Now go put them to good use. — Mark Powers

  • Credit: Doran, Miller, and Cunningham, “There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management goals and objectives,” Management Review. Volume 70, Issue 11, 35–36.

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Leading Through Change: Step Four – Enlist your Leadership Team

Signs of Change  I also said to him, “If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors . . . that they will provide me safe-conduct. . . ?

And may I have a letter to Asaph, so he will give me timber. . . ?”

Nehemiah 2:7–8a, NIV

When God gave me the vision to start M3, the MusicArts Mission Movement among our South Carolina Baptist churches, I prepared to send out invitations to key worship leaders. My goal was to recruit six young worship leaders to join me in igniting the movement. But during the month I planned to send invitations, my father became ill and entered the hospital. Three weeks later God took my dad to heaven. Heartbroken, I was ready to delay the whole M3 process. My supervisor convinced me to send out a general e-mail anyway just to see what interest there might be. Within one week, I had six colleagues signed up and ready to jump aboard. God had already spoken to their hearts and enlisted them by the power of his Spirit. I simply needed to believe and obey God’s leadership.

The vision given to Nehemiah to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem must have seemed impossible. But God’s visions are uniquely designed for the one to whom they are given. God will not give you a vision without giving you the innate abilities to complete the task. God will also place around you the resources needed to fulfill the vision. Be open, nevertheless, to sharpening your leadership skills if God leads you to do so.

Make a list of candidates to serve on your mission leadership team and then approach them to share your vision.

  1. Help them see and understand the problems: the world is dying without Christ; churches are in decline; few Christians are being discipled and sent on mission for Christ. Then share your vision with them.
  2. Most importantly, express what you expect they will receive personally from their involvement. Share success stories and testimonies if you have them. All of us have a longing to be part of something with eternal significance. Appeal to that longing in them.
  3. Make sure that they understand that you are recruiting them for a limited time to accomplish a specific task. Few will sign on for unlimited service with no ending point in sight. Then step back and see how God moves in their hearts.

Remember that you cannot program people to respond positively to your vision or mission. Trust God to “call out the called” as he works in those he has chosen to join the mission. Do not take a “no” answer personally. Communicate your vision clearly and enthusiastically and then wait to see who God brings alongside you.

— Mark Powers

READERS: In September, I will be launching a new online e-classroom featuring 4-week basic training courses for worship leaders!  Stay tuned for more information about WORSHIPWISE.com.  Keep looking here for info and class registration.