Hope and a Prayer or Planned Impact?

“We’ll know when we get there.” This was the answer to a question I posed to an entrepreneurial ministry leader getting his latest project off the ground. I really wanted to be supportive, but I needed to know where his ministry was going and how he believed he would accomplish his mission. This sounded more impulsive to me, not being Holy Spirit lead.

I’m all for flexibility. All plans should expect to be changed. But if you don’t know where you are going at the beginning, you’re operating in chaos, not planning for results.

Most of you are in staff training or soon will be and programs are set.  You can use this for preparation or evaluation along the way.

You should have established objectives that define who you are and how your ministry will be done and what your expectations will be. (Let’s be honest, you can really only focus on three or four; keep It simple) With these in mind, take your schedule, and put your objectives across the top of the page.  Add a column that says no real purpose. Then go down your schedule and mark everything in the column according to how it fits into your ministry purpose.

At least two things begin to happen. You will find things that don’t fit but waste time and energy. Or you’ll find items that need to be thought through a little bit more.  There is great joy in a purposefully balanced program that is planned for a maximum impact. Take the time to evaluate everything planned in your schedule.

It also helps prevent your staff from mindlessly going through the program. They will give more energy to simple things when they see how each part fits into the impact of the whole program. Kids notice too. They recognize time filler and stuff without real purpose.

I set my programs apart from others by stating that many camps will plan their week and hope and pray for something to happen. But we were different; we planned our program to make a maximum impact. Because it was so true, I had the attention of those parents looking for a program with a defined outcome for their kid’s week at camp.


About the Ordinary Hiker

A Christian camp director for many years, I enjoy ministry and being outdoors. I refer to God's creative wonder as the testimony of creation, a special place where God brings His word to life. Its where I like to be and where God speaks in His gentle voice in the awe of His creative work.
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