Worship Notes

"Vision For the Upcoming Year"

Today is January 14th, 2001.  I trust you had a great holiday season.  Louise and I had a wonderful first Christmas with our baby daughter, Jessica.  We enjoyed spending time with family both in and out of state.  We are blessed to have great families on both sides.  God has truly blessed us abundantly this past year!

I want to talk to you about having your vision for the coming year.  Every year around this time, most of us are looking forward to the new year, many of us making plans and resolutions and setting goals for the upcoming months.  My question to you is this...do you have a vision for your music department?

Proverbs 29:18 says that where there is no vision, the people perish.  Another translation of that scripture is, "Where there is no vision, the people run without restraint, like an unbridled horse."  If you want your music ministry to be effective, you need to establish a vision so that your people are not running around without restraint, wondering what their purpose is.  

Habakkuk 2:2 instructs us to "Write the vision and make it plain, that the people may run with it."  People want to be instructed.  They want something or someone to follow.  But they need leaders who will be clear in their direction so that they may "run" with the vision put before them.  I've said this before and I'll say it again...good communication is vital to the success of a ministry.  Ministries who do not communicate well can never own up to their full potential.

When you plan an event, do you call all of the people involved, telling them about the event and to be prepared for it?  Or do you just wait until the week before to inform them, hoping that everything will work out?  I can't tell you how many times I've seen situations in church where an event was planned and the day of the event or the day before someone said, "It sure would have been nice if we could have done ________, but I guess we don't have the time now."  But all of that could have been done if the leadership had sat down and communicated to their people and shared their vision so that the people could run with it.

When you rehearse with your choir, share with them what you expect out of them this coming year.  Also share with them what you are believing God for this year.  Let them join their faith with yours.  Let your vision become their vision.  Communicate, communicate, communicate!!!  Let them know what things are planned for the upcoming month and the upcoming quarter.  Give them a chance to get involved in advance.  Let them catch your vision and run with it.  This will allow you to manage them instead of micro-managing them.  Because you've made the vision clear and plain, they can run with it, rather than you carrying out every little task yourself.

If you have not already figured out what your vision and plans are for the coming year, I encourage you to do so.  Seek God's direction and then double-check with your Pastor to see if he approves of it.  Remember to think big!  With God all things are possible.  Then, communicate to your people what you are wanting to do this year.  Make this year a year of going to the next level in every area of your ministry.  Let's see God do awesome things to, through, and in us this year! God bless you as you seek His direction for your ministry!