My Pastor’s message this morning was focused around the reality that we are all made for more. We are saved by God, called by God, for something bigger than ourselves and beyond ourselves.
Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works,
but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.
2 Timothy 1:9
God has called each person to their own individual ministry in the body of Christ. That looks different for each one of us. If God has called you to a place of leadership, to start your own ministry, or maybe to take over an area of ministry in your church, you may feel like I did when God called and commissioned me to lead the women’s ministry at my home church fourteen years ago, CLUELESS!
If you did not read my last post, you might want to go back and read last week’s post, The Day God Called Me to Women’s Ministry.
Today I will give you the basic Seven Steps to Getting Your Ministry Started or Restarted while focusing on Step 1, God’s Commission. My next several blog posts will be a deeper, more thorough look at what God has taught me about the other six steps. These seven steps have helped me throughout my years in ministry. I have used them in the context of church ministry, in my personal speaking, teaching, and writing ministry, and I have taught others how to implement these steps in their ministries.
Here are the Seven Steps to Getting Your Ministry Started or Restarted:
- Listen For God’s Commission
- Prayer At Every Stage of the Process
- Get God’s Vision
- Determine Your Mission
- Connect People to Their Passion
- Identify Personal and Ministry Core Values
- Plan, Dream, and Focus
These seven steps came out of my personal study in Numbers 13. I was in a place I had never been before, walking in obedience to God, accepting His calling, and CLUELESS. My only option was to seek and trust Him to show me the way to do something I had never done before… Ministry.
I want to encourage you to read Numbers 13:1-16 before you read further.
God’s Commission Comes After We Accept His Call
God’s calling is the initiation that leads us to God’s commission. Allow me to take a side step and say that you need to know that you know that God has called you. Otherwise, every hindrance or obstacle you face along the way has the potential to trip you up or sidetrack you from God’s purpose.
Once we accept God’s call in our life, He then commissions us. He assigns us a specific task or project to complete. God’s Commission is Step 1 of getting started in ministry. I believe it is Step 1 of 7.
Listen for God’s Commission
* Numbers 13:1
When I read Numbers 13, I am always reminded of God’s direction for me when I first began in Women’s Ministry. In Numbers 13:1, God spoke to Moses and told him to send out leaders from every tribe of Israel to spy out the Promised Land.
God is the one who sent them, not anyone else. I did not go into women’s ministry because I chose women’s ministry or someone else chose women’s ministry for me. I went into women’s ministry because God chose women’s ministry for me. It was His specific direction for my life and ministry.
As you seek God and listen for God’s Commission, I want to share a few Scriptures to use in your prayer time.
Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your path.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel,
even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.
1 Thessalonians 2:4
Remember Dear Sister,
You want His specific direction for your life and ministry and if you acknowledge God every step of the way, He has given you His word that He will direct your paths. Finally, always keep the message of 1 Thessalonians 2:4 deep in your heart and before your eyes. Wear these words as one would a pair contacts, filtering every step and every decision through the lens of pleasing God.
In our next blog post, we will talk about Step 2, Prayer At Every Stage of the Process.