The day before, it was the agenda for an upcoming event.
And last week, I had to decide if an expensive course was a worthwhile investment for my business.
Every day, there is another decision that needs attention, a choice to be made, a direction to be taken. I didn’t realize how many decisions I would have to make to keep things moving around here! I bet you have the same problem.
Being the leader of a ministry-minded business was something new to me and I had to learn a new way to make decisions. Of course, everything needs to be covered in prayer as the number 1 priority. But here are five practical things we can pray through when deciding what to do next in our ministries or businesses.
Is it consistent with your Purpose?
If you’ve been around Do A New Thing at all, you know this is something I talk about a lot. The most important thing you can do for your ministry is to have a clear view of your purpose … mission, calling, niche, vision … whatever you call it.
In any decision we make, we should also think about how it will affect our audience. Will it enhance her experience, encourage her, lead her closer to where God wants her to be?
Does it fit in with other Pieces of your ministry?
And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17 ESV
I love this verse because it reminds me that God is a God of order. Sometimes with so many great ideas floating in our head, we can lose focus if we aren’t careful.
Try this. Give that a shot.
Before we know it, we have a bunch of pieces that look more like a pile of Pick-Up Sticks than a tight-fitting puzzle.
Does it reflect a God-honoring Presence?
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 ESV
Our reputations as women of God’s Word are valuable and precious. Actions and decisions reflect our hearts and we should be careful so that they build a reputation that honors God. Should I actively promote a product or service from some who uses foul, shock-language to get a point across? These are the things I’ve started to think about.
How does it affect your People?
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. Proverbs 12:15 ESV
Even if your ministry “team” is just you, your decisions affect other people. You may have volunteers who help you. Or maybe resources who support you, or partners that you collaborate with. These people matter, and their opinion counts. Seek wise counsel from those above, beside and below you and factor that into your decision-making process.
Are you in the right Position?
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NIV
Consider your resources. Your time, your money, your experience. Do you have what you need to do this right? Or should you find help to pull it off? There is a delicate balance between stretching outside our comfort zone and being way out of bounds where we don’t belong. Wise investments of time and money are always needed to move a ministry forward, but knowing what is “wise” is the hard part!
Are you struggling to make decisions for your faith-based ministry or business? Frustrated by all the things you COULD do and afraid of doing the wrong thing? I have two resources that can help!
What ministry decisions are you struggling to make today?
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