Challenge: Spend time in every staff meeting for the next year working on your answers to these three questions:
- How has God called us to serve?
- Who has God called us to serve?
- How will we know when we are serving according to God’s will for our ministry?
Thoughtful, detailed answers to these questions for your church or ministry will get to the heart of what you are supposed to be doing, who you are being called to reach, and how you will know when you are succeeding in God’s will.
Let’s assume for just a second that these are the only three questions your church needs to ask and answer in order to discern God’s will for your Christian community? That if every member knew and was committed to the answers to these questions for your church, that if your local body of Christ was dialed in to the answers to these questions for you, that you would have all the information you really need to be fruitful and multiply the Faith according to the Great Commission among your people.
Quite a thought.
Worth meditating on.
Why not do that and see what happens?
If you come out the other side convinced to take these questions to your leadership and persuade them to spend sufficient on developing and communicating the right answers for you, I believe you will emerge from the process with greater confidence that you are following God’s plan for your church and your entire community will be better equipped to walk with God toward the purpose he fore-ordained for you.
How has God called us serve?
Churches have callings just as individuals do. Start with your current mission statement, but don’t rest until you are sure this clearly states the answer to question 1.
Who has God called us to serve?
Many businesses and organizations fail to achieve their missions, or even understand what they really are, because they stop at Question 1. To really understand those who you believe you are called to service as a spiritual matter and can serve as a practical matter is absolutely necessary to fulfilling your mission. The essence of this understanding will be very simple to see when you’ve discovered it, but not easy to discover.
How will we know when we are serving according to God’s will for our ministry?
You’ll need to measure the results of your ministry to know if you are making progress in meeting your mission. Your team will need to be truly and persistently committed to measuring results because they are committed to more profound impact for your ministry.
Next: Drilling into the questions for answers.