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Getting There, Step 1 – Communicate It!


Ever had a big dream for youth ministry that you never got to implement?

In our seminars, students write down plans of action. They are charged up to begin working on their big goals. BUT, for some… many of these plans remain unfulfilled.

For in the places we hope to implement our vision we face opposition. There will be people we need to convince, leaders we need to motivate and young people who need to know what’s going on. We also need to work against our own fears and uncertainties. These may have the overall effect of discouraging us, making the dreams we thought were so good during the training end up being… just dreams. But they need not remain that way.

In this and the following posts let me state 3 things we need to do to get to our dreams.

The first is — Communicate the Vision Well.

Team Israel had a big dream. To take the land promised to them. It had eluded them for 40 years and at this moment they were ready to begin the process. There was one problem though—the man who had led them for 40 years was about to die, they were about to lose their leader.

As you strive to reach the vision of your youth ministry many changes are also occurring that might cause you to leave your dreams. Moses prepared his people for the coming change in his ministry by communicating the vision well.

The whole book of Deuteronomy was his last speech. Moses spoke. It is not the speech of a leader’s achievement. He speaks of God. Of What He has done in the life of the tribe. He speaks about what life will be like in the new land. But mostly his main point is to remind the group of their main purpose—to go in and take the land. (Deut. 1:8; 6:10; 9:5; 29:13; 30:20)

You too have specific purposes and a big dream for your ministry. Have you communicated this to your people? One way we have addressed this in our seminars is by asking you to define your dream and write down your purposes. But let me dig a little deeper. Is the dream you have something rooted in God’s Word? And does it give you excitement to see it come into reality? If not, perhaps this is not at all the purpose God has given for your group to accomplish and the first thing to do is to spend time with God, the Bible and the leadership team to come to a better understanding on what God would want your ministry to do. If it is, have you communicated it well? Like Moses, we need to speak to everyone of the big picture. To tell them of what God has done to bring us to this point and to also speak of what the future holds for the group.

After Moses was gone, the Israelites did not forget, they went on and succeeded in obtaining what had been promised to them. The ministry will continue, the vision will keep on, if it is communicated well.

See Step 2 here.

This post is part of the YC  which we hope will be of use in your youth ministry. Other YC articles can also be downloaded or seen in the Resource Section of this website.

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