I have yet to encounter and effective next generation leader in family ministry that did not understand the power of goals. Goals matter because they shape the course of where we invest our time. Parent ministry is one of those areas of ministry that will never happen apart from effective goals. I know this because everything else on your calendar will rob you from time investing in parents. Here is what I know about goals…
The right goals and the right direction create the right results over time.
It’s not just setting goals that matters it’s setting the right goals that will lead your ministry in the direction you long for! Our goals in family ministry are shaped our of our calling. The call to minister to the family is a pastoral calling. It’s foundation is grounded in the call to make disciples and the home is the place God created to pass down faith when partnered with the church! Let me ask you…Are you a shepherd / pastor / leader OR are you a manager / event coordinator? It seems that most of our goals center around events rather than disciple making efforts.
I Timothy 4:7-10 says this…
7 Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. 8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 9 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it. 10 This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.
Your call as a leader is a pastoral call and much more than just an event planner. This passage is from a mentor to a young leader and it’s advice we need to embrace as we create our family ministry goals. Here are 3 implications for the goals we create…
Don’t waste your time chasing short cuts to making disciples. // making an impact in families will take consistent effort over time and there is no shortcut to the process. It demands investment over time.
Lead families back to God’s wisdom and God’s ways more than man’s wisdom. // We lead people to the greatest hope the world has. God’s word. God’s ways. We need to stand with boldness and never back down from leading families to something eternal, something sure, something true. Families need more truth and less opinion.
Don’t forget your calling. Don’t forget why you do this! // God has called you to serve families in whatever role you have in the church because God created the family before He created the church. The family matters to God. Don’t forget why you do what you do. Let that refuel you to keep coming back again and again. This text reminds us to work on your confidence and character so we make it for the long haul!
Men and women you are shepherds / pastors not just programmers / event planners. Shape your goals for ministry around a pastoral, long haul perspective. With the right goals you have a shot of leading your ministry toward significance!