I meet many ministry staff who love what they do and are committed to making a difference but who are deeply discouraged by the lack of direction within their organization. One such individual wrote to me this week deeply frustrated. She indicated that while she has tried to convince her ministry partner on the need for greater clarity the response is always, "If God want's us to have more direction He will provide it." In other cases good staff have left their jobs because of the lack of clarity around direction.
Ministry ambiguity is disheartening, demotivating, discouraging and disempowering. People want to know where we are going and why and how they can make the best contribution to the ministry.
Providing that clarity becomes a breath of fresh air, a fresh wind for the ministry. I worked this last week with a church that has not had clarity in a long time and by the time we were finished there was a huge amount of energy in the room as participants realized that it was possible to create clarity for their church that was clear, motivating, healthy, Jesus focused and reflected his mandate for the church. One said, I have not been this excited for a long time. Of course a lot of hard work is ahead but there is a target to work toward that is missional, God centered and exciting.
My point is that getting to clarity - understanding where you want to go in ministry and knowing how you are going to get there along with forging a healthy culture is not just a nice thing. It actually breathes fresh wind into the ministry. It motivates and excites and most importantly it gives people hope. Hope that we can make a difference for Jesus. Hope that we have a direction to follow. Hope that we can all be on the same page. Hope that we can develop a God honoring ethos and culture. Hope that God can infuse us with His power to accomplish His work.
Clarity can help us move from discouragement to hope. If you want to understand how your ministry can make that move, my book, Leading From the Sandbox can help you get there. Chapters 2, 3 and 4 are a roadmap to the hope of clarity.