I recently had the opportunity to fly to a couple of different areas of the country. On both instances, I noticed that, although, the airplane was the source of travel, there were a lot of things in place to make sure that both the passengers and the plane were able to make it to where it was supposed to go. For the passengers, there is a solid system in place of what happens with luggage, what happens with passengers, what happens at security check-points and even what happens when boarding the plane. For the airplane itself, there are teams of people directing and guiding the plane to where it should be. Additionally, the airplane is pointless without a runway for takeoff. Someone had to think of how all of this would work in order to accomplish the overall purpose of actually riding an airplane from where you are to where you want to go. A system is simply a plan or structure for doing something that will consistently get you from where you are to where you want to be.
In ministry, our main goal is helping people become who it is God has made them to be by reaching them where they are and helping them to get where God wants them to go. That is our goal. But how do we get there? Is there a process, a system, strategy, or a structure in place that will serve as the runway? The truth is, many times we want the big goal, but fail to put a system in place to accomplish it. I’ve noticed that having a system or structure is, in fact, a Biblical principle. If you examine Scripture, you start to discover that God is a God of order and plans. He has overall goals that He wants to accomplish, but He usually uses a system to accomplish it. Explore the first chapter of Genesis, the book of Nehemiah, Jesus sending out the disciples, the plan laid out in The Great Commission, Acts 1:8, God’s redemptive plan of Salvation. In all of these, you can see some sort of structure that was used to move toward the desired goal.
I’ve also noticed that not only is structure a Biblical principle, it is also necessary for us to be able to efficiently accomplish the overall goal. Below are a few things that help us better understand how it is necessary:
A system is necessary to:
- Focus our Efforts. We need to work smarter, not harder. In order to do this, we must have a plan to include others in the ministry.
- Minister in our Context. There are needs that exist around us that can’t be met if we don’t PLAN to meet them.
- Work with a Team. If we’re going to all work together in the same direction with the same goals, it must be structured.
- Communicate Clearly. We should be able to communicate our vision and our plans simply enough that even a fifth grader can understand them.
- Stretch our Faith. As we develop our ministries, we will dream bigger than before, reach further than before and trust God even more in the process.
- Get us There. We need to have a system or systems in place with an overall goal that we can see is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time sensitive. The system doesn’t just help us get there, but it helps us know when we accomplish the objectives of our ministry as well.
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