How to Develop a Strategy for Your Ministry

Stan Russell   -  

I have some good news for you. You don’t have to do this on your own. You don’t have to be a brilliant, amazing, natural leader to develop a great plan for the direction of the ministry you lead.
Here is how you get it done:

Start with a foundation that is empty: no preconceived ideas, no taking what you saw somewhere else, or doing what you did at the last church or place of ministry. Instead start before God with an open heart to wherever He wants to lead you.
Take time to inquire of the Lord: better known as prayer. Set aside time to pray specifically about this. Meet Him day after day for a season with this question of, “God, what do you want me to do with your ministry?”
Don’t put time limits on when He needs to answer. God may respond immediately or He may delay. A delay often means that He needs to strip us of all self-confidence and preconceived notions. He will take us there, but He will also prepare us for the new day as well.
Remember, a God-given strategy will always include some element of the impossible. If it is easily possible and you can do it, then you don’t need Him. He will do something bigger and more impactful when we are following Him in humility.
Remember God’s strategy will always require faith, because without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). You won’t get the supernatural results without faith in Him.
His plan will require action from you and His people. At some point, God will require that our faith in Him has to be demonstrated by action. “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:14)

In Acts 10:9, Peter was praying: About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. (NIV)
God gave Peter a strategy. It didn’t make much sense to Peter, but he yielded. He decided to go to the house of the gentiles and do what God said, which was basically opening the door to the non-Jew to come to faith in God through Jesus the Christ.
Peter, emptied himself, prayed and believed God’s strategy. He then acted by faith, and in time, God did amazing things.
Acts 10:34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism.” (NIV)
Acts 11:17 So if God gave them the same gift as He gave us, who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could oppose God?” (NIV)
Hundreds of millions of gentiles were saved.
Let’s seek Him and then trust Him and amazing miracles will happen.
Grace and Truth,
Pastor Stan
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