“Vision without execution is hallucination” – Thomas Edison
“To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind.”
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18
If you have been in a situation at work, church, in a relationship, or even on a road trip, where there was no vision of where you were going, or a plan to get there, you have probably been incredibly frustrated.
In Women’s Ministry we need a plan. Plans should include:
1. Overall ministry plan for the ministry year.
Ministry years often run September through May or September through June. Write out a plan of events for the whole ministry year the quarter or semester before it starts. For example September through December plans should be made during the previous spring.
2. A Projected Budget
What do you project the budget will be for each event or activity. Account for income and expenses. Track all expenses for the year on a spreadsheet and then you will have an idea of how to budget for the following year.
3. Projected outcomes.
Plan events from the outcome you’d like to see in women’s lives and plan backwards. What changes or growth would you like to see in a woman’s life after participating in you women’s ministry for the coming year. How will you track these changes? What kind of activities, events, discipling, teaching will need to take place in order for the outcomes of personal and spiritual growth to be achieved. While it is God who brings the heart change in women we can help set the stage for growth to happen. Be purposeful in ministry planning.
How to have VISION
V – visualize what’s possible – where do you want to go
I – invite unity and team
S-solicit direction – keep evaluating and asking women if you are meeting your ministry objectives and outcomes
I-infuse passion – be excited about your women’s ministry – enthusiasm draws others
O- organize your ministry – be prepared
N- nurture leaders – train, encourage, equip other leaders
Also see “How to Write a Vision Statement”