Would you agree that goals are important for everyone, including those working in ministry?
You would, right?
However, even though we believe this is true, only 3% of Americans say they have committed their goals to paper.
Are you in the 3%? Or, do you feel like there is a lack of time, when it might actually be a lack of direction holding you back?
Purpose in Your Goals
Here’s the thing—and you need to slow down and read this well. Because my next statement is going to have all sorts of implications for your life and ministry. Here it is:
“I believe God created each of us with a purpose. And you have a specific reason for being here.” I believe it with everything I am. And I want you and your ministry to live out every ounce of life available.
And, because I believe you have a purpose, I want you to start doing something about it. Goals are a great place to start because they:
- focus us
- push us
- hold us accountable
- make our time more efficient
In short, setting goals and a plan to meet goals will enable you and your ministry to do more for yourself and others.
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Goals Lead to Success
The next step, after believing, is gearing your goals to make you and your ministry successful. You do not need busy work. So, let’s make sure you know how to use your goals to achieve your dreams.
1. Set a Goal
The first step is to set the goal and write it down on paper. There are a lot of books and information available about setting goals.
Maybe you’ve heard of Jim Collins’ Big Hairy Audacious Goals or Franklin Covey’s Wildly Important Goals. These are great resources. However, for some, they seem intimidating in light of limited staff, resources, or facilities.
I understand that feeling and it does make those BHAG’s tough to accomplish. But, it shouldn’t keep you from starting. Just change your mindset and start with one very simple goal you want to accomplish in the next three to six months.
Example – Starting a reading program at your intercity mission.
2. Steps to Achieve the Goal
Now that you have a goal on paper, your next step is to identify the steps you need to take to accomplish this goal.
Using the example from above about starting a reading program, your steps could be:
- >Begin Praying for the Program
- Find a Qualified Teacher or Volunteer for the Program
- Build a Budget for the Program
- Promote the Program
- Fundraise for the Program
- Evaluate the Program
3. Keep Score
This may not be something you have thought of. However, if you set up a scorecard and track the progress of your goal, you will always know the movement that has taken place. And you can see and track things that still need to be done.
This will work for any goal, event or fundraising activity and you can use the scorecard to review and update every week.
4. Set Up Accountability
Finally, your favorite—accountability! Sadly, accountability is where we often fall short in achieving our ministry or personal goals.
Can I remind you how important it is that we are willing to put ourselves under accountability? And this is especially true if you lead the organization. Setting up a team that meets weekly regarding this goal, or finding an accountability partner, will help you meet your goals.
There is power in accountability and strength in humility. I encourage you to put aside your fear, your pride, or both, and dramatically increase the odds of being successful and reaching your goal!