The One Question Ministry Leaders Need To Stop Asking

In my opinion the one question that ministry leaders need to stop asking is this: “How Can We Get More Volunteers?” Although that may seem like a good question, a better question is “How can we get more people to be carriers of the vision.” First of all the vision must be rooted in the Great Commissions and Jesus’ call for us to “Go” or “As we are Going” to make disciples of all nations.

If ministry leaders tap into how to create more carriers of the vision, volunteer challenges will diminish. People will be busting down the doors to serve and excited to be a part of that particular ministry. Find a church that is doing well in the area of volunteer engagement and you will find a church that has people carrying the vision by the bucket loads. You will find a group of people excited about reaching their community and unapologetic about making disciples.

Ministry leaders and staff should be the chief vision carriers, leaking the vision every opportunity they get.  The same thing applies to members, attenders and volunteers.  If you believe in your church’s vision, you should be leaking it like a reporter with exclusive insider information. Leak it and leak it often!  Adopting that “I have to share what God is doing through this ministry, I love being involved, we have a community to reach, our mission is the great commission” mentality is what’s necessary to be a vision carrier and create vision carriers.

The One Question Ministry Leaders Need To Stop Asking is: “How Can We Get More Volunteers?”  Ministry leaders should instead begin asking these three questions: “What Is Our Vision? Does Our Mission Align With The Great Commission? How Can We Create More Carriers Of The Vision?”

What are your thoughts?

  • I love this thought. It wasn’t until I started volunteering that I saw it though. Once I started ushering and was able to see the hands being raised at the end of every service, I realized what my volunteering and tithing really was doing for the “great commission”.

  • A post to sharpen as iron sharpens Iron. LOVE IT.
    The first question is a person seeing only needs and holes, the second question is a person who see’s the vision and solution to keeping that vision alive.
    Thanks Scott.
    M_

  • helloheady

    Oh this is dope!  I’m sharing it with my team at church right now.  Thanks Scott for writing this!  GO WIN!

  • prophetsandpopstars

    This is a great post tackling a hugely and very timely issue. I love the way you’ve framed it around vision. We are in the middle of this conversation and you have served up a game changer. Thanks!

  • we have a community to reach, our mission is the great commission” mentality is what’s necessary to be a vision carrier and create vision carriers.

  • Greg Horn

    I like this approach. Thanks for sharing!

  • You will find a group of people excited about reaching their community and unapologetic about making disciples.

  •  “How Can We Get More Volunteers?” Although that may seem like a good question, a better question is “How can we get more people to be carriers of the vision

  • Tedvaughn

    Volunteers are a metric of health and vision “stickiness”. When people stop showing up to support core ministry strategies – it is likely they are not aware or invested in the big picture. Your senior pastor can probably rally a few people with a big “pulpit push” – but that is not a long term strategy or fix for poor messaging and/or vision clarity.

  • our mission is the great commission” mentality is what’s necessary to be a vision carrier and create vision carriers.

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