How in the world can worship leaders like you and me develop a vision to join God in His mission to redeem the world? After all, our calling is simply to provide inspiring worship services each weekend, right? Isn’t it some other staff member or lay leader’s job to disciple Christians and take them on mission in our community? The missional question is will we stay inside the church keeping our constituents happy and maintain our job security, or will we dare to go in our community to use the artistic giftedness of our worship ministry to win others into relationship with Him?
It is absolutely necessary to present your vision for a worship-ministry-on-mission to your Pastor for his/her blessing. God will use this conversation to shape your vision, so be open to God’s work through your Pastor.
Artistic folk like us are good at dreaming but sometimes find it difficult to develop game plans. Here’s a three-step process to bring your vision to reality:
1. Write a Vision Statement: How has God called you to fulfill His mission in your community? Answer with a compelling statement in dynamic language to give the best possible verbal snapshot of your vision.
2. Develop Smart Goals: Our normal pattern of life tends to be: I set unreachable goals; I procrastinate 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. Developing S.M.A.R.T. goals is the smart way to develop a process to reach your vision. S.M.A.R.T. goals fulfill this acrostic: S = Specific; M = Measurable; A = Attainable; R = Relevant; T = Time Specific. (George Doran, Arthur Miller, James Cunningham, “There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management goals and objectives” – November 1981 issue, Management Review).
3. W.I.N. with Action Plans: An old cliché says: “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” As you pursue your smart goals, continually ask “what’s important now?” then “what’s important next?” Your answers to those two questions will form your action plans.
Your worship ministry can be on a mission to “meet people at their point of need, on a regular basis, in your community, to build relationships that lead to witnessing opportunities.” Will you do it?