Ministry is Hard Work
The master plan is done. The vision statement has been voted on and the strategy laid out on the calendar. Everyone is excited and eager to go—now what?
Hard work. Hard work is what’s next.
Remember God’s word to Adam? “By the sweat of your brow you will earn your bread.” It’s no different for us. Sooner or later, success in anything—ministry included—gets down to hard work.
What we’re finding out is ministry is being echoed in the corporate world. Vision statements, good strategies and challenging goals are great, but they lead to nothing without execution. Once the plan is written, then the plan has to get done. Execution is what makes the difference.
Leading our churches to agree on a vision and strategy is a great step, but it’s only our first step. The churches who execute their plans are the churches that make the difference.
And execution is hard work. It’s countless meetings, making sure resources are allocated to support priorities. It’s conversations over gallons of coffee, making sure our people understand and continue to buy into the vision. Execution requires identifying and training new leaders and making one more phone call to be sure nothing has fallen through the cracks.
Ministry is hard work. We don’t get to make that choice. The choice we get to make is this: will our work matter for eternity or just kill time… and us with it?