Prepare To Launch [part two]

Two days ago I wrote PART ONE of a series of posts that I am calling “Prepare To Launch”.  This was a devotional that I taught to our staff at Hopevale Church at our monthly staff chapel as we prepare to enter the fall launch season.  Part One was all about adopting the right attitude as a ministry leader.

Today, in PART TWO I want to turn the focus to…

2. PLANNING WITH PURPOSE.

Being a leader means that you have to, at some point, LEAD.  And if we are going to lead our ministries well, we need to put some careful planning into them.  I’m not going to tell you HOW to plan your ministry… because every ministry is different.  I will, however, talk about a few things that EVERY leader must do to lead well that are a part of the planning process.

  • Catch & Cast God’s vision for your ministry – Genesis 41:33-40

So as Joseph stood in front of Pharaoh and interpreted his dreams for him… Joseph then did something very interesting:  He cast vision for what God wanted Pharaoh to do about it.  Leaders catch God’s vision for what needs to happen… and then they don’t just wait for someone else to figure it out.  They cast the vision.  Even if they are not the one at the top of the org chart.  Joseph didn’t say, “So, Pharaoh, what do you think we should do?  I mean, you’re the boss.”  Every leader knows that feeling , that burden that beats within you, that you MUST act… you MUST speak… you MUST cast vision.  And when you’re not the one at the top… this is a delicate dance of respect.  But as you read the story further… you realize that Pharaoh APPRECIATES Joseph’s leadership abilities.  Leaders recognize other leaders… they are not intimidated by them.  In the world of athletics: Game recognizes game.  So DREAM, PLAN, CATCH that vision, & CAST that vision no matter where you find yourself on the org chart.

  • “Nothing is impossible with God.” – Matthew 19:26

When you catch God’s vision for your ministry, there will likely be a part of it that scares you… that seems impossible.  Don’t freak out!  Pastor Steven Furtick says it like this:

“If the size of your vision for your life isn’t intimidating to you, there’s a good chance it’s insulting to God.”

“If you’re not daring to believe God for the impossible, you’re sleeping through some of the best parts of your Christian life.”

“If your problem is too big for you, it’s just the right size for God.”

Our vision for our ministry should scare us a little… otherwise we would be able to do it all by ourselves and not need God at all.  Impossible keeps us dependent on God.  And that is right where we need to be.  Jesus said this:  “with man this is impossible, but with God nothing is impossible.”

So dream big.  Pray hard.  Trust God.

  • Lead from where you are… not where you are not. 

Authenticity is HUGE as a leader.  If you do not lead from an authentic place, you will compromise your integrity… and your integrity, as a leader, affects everything and everyone you lead.

BE who God created you to be.  Don’t play the comparison game.  Don’t try to become someone else because you think that the way they do it is effective.  Odds are, they are effective because they are being who God created them to be.

And lead from where you are positionally.  Don’t buy into the lie that you’ll be a better leader once you get to the top of the org chart.  If you can’t lead from the middle of the org chart, you won’t lead from the top of it.  John Maxwell said it like this in his book 360 Leader:

“99% of all leadership occurs not from the top but from the middle of an organization.”

So plan, prepare, and lead well!!!

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