Getting Organized in Your Ministry
Getting Organized in Ministry
The Bible tells us to do all things in an organized fashion, but this can be especially challenging in ministry. Fortunately, our God is a god of order, so His word also tells us how to be organized, along with many examples.
Our God is a God of order. We see His order immediately when we open His word. The Bible begins with the phrase “In the beginning,” which implies there was also a middle and an end, a step-by-step method. God acts as organizational consultant throughout Scripture as He teaches Noah (Gen 5:14-22), Moses (Exo 25-31; 35-40), Joshua (Jos 1), and many others how to carry out their ministries in an orderly fashion.
Read God’s instructions to some of His servants, such as the scriptures referenced above. Ask God to show you what these scriptures mean for your ministry today. I’d love to hear what He tells you in the comments.
The Struggle To Get Organized
As His child, I know I should do the same, but no matter how hard I try, I just can’t get organized. I may steal a few tips from organizational experts who are glad to share their secrets, but finding a sustainable system seems impossible.
So instead of building my ministry, I’m constantly reinventing my own wheel. I make thoughtful, detailed plans. I make simple, scaled-down plans. But then I forget what I did, or I get confused, and I go back to the drawing board again.
I know I’m not alone. Running ministry has a lot of moving parts, and it can be a struggle for anyone to keep it all organized. So as a child of God made in His image, how can any of us get organized?
Where are you struggling to get organized?
Partner With God To Get Organized
I found an answer in the Book of Habakkuk
I will take my stand at my watchpost
and station myself on the tower,
and look out to see what he will say to me,
and what I will answer concerning my complaint.
And the Lord answered me:
“Write the vision;
make it plain on tablets,
so he may run who reads it.”
Habakkuk 2:1-2 ESV
Ministry involves walking towards the unknown, but even blind faith must be preceded by prayer. When Habakkuk didn’t know what to do, first he stopped, he asked God, and he waited.
God told him to write it all down. I’ve seen this verse before, but this time, the details about how and why Habakkuk should write jumped off the page.
How should he write? Plainly.
Why should he write? So that anyone who read it can run with it.
I realized that right now, the one who needs to just run with it is me.
If you walked away from your ministry, or if something happened to you, could someone else pick up where you left off and just run with it?
Getting Organized in Your Ministry
This week, I stopped writing this blog post to instead write down standard operating procedures for my ministry. I’ll rely on my new OneNote notebook labeled “The Wheel” as a reminder to quit reinventing my own system every few weeks, to instead move forward.
What does getting organized look like for you? I may have some suggestions, and our guest speaker Heather Rosson in our February 2 C&E Webinar has a lot more. In the end, “organized” means something different for everyone, so I invite you to sit down, and ask the God of order for the blueprints to your ministry wheels, so you can just run with it.
Considering your answers to the first 3 reflection questions, how what is one thing you can do today to get more organized in your ministry?
Watch the Webinar
Click on the reply link for organization tips from Heather Rosson in the NACWE C&E Webinar for February 2, 2021.
Your Organized and Optimized Organization
Read The Partner Post
Each week, Karen Lindwall-Bourg and Valerie Riese each write a post for the Community and Education Webinar.
God’s Grace and Power Are Sufficient for Your Life and Work (Working God’s Way) by Karen Lindwall-Bourg
God is a God of Order
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Valerie is a wife, mother, blogger, breast cancer survivor, and virtual assistant. After suffering years of debilitating anxiety, she learned that victory over anxiety comes only through surrender to Jesus. Valerie writes to point women to the Jesus as co-director of Candidly Christian, and as a freelance writer and editor. You can learn more about Valerie at ValerieRiese.com
He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
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