Life Map – Personal Ministry Philosophy
In previous posts, we have examined core values and a personal mission statement, so in this post let’s get to the nitty gritty of writing down goals so we have something for which to aim.
My Personal Ministry Philosophy flows from my life verse which is
1 Corinthians 11:1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
It is my desire to follow Christ in my daily life to the point that if others will follow me, they will be following Jesus. Period. Not for my glory, but for His. By the power of the Holy Spirit indwelling me, may I fade away, and Jesus be more evident in the way I minister to others daily.
The Ministry Philosophy will drive the written goals which in turn will help you live out the Mission Statement.
Goals should be measurable and attainable, no pie-in-the-sky mumbo jumbo. Goals should challenge, but be doable. Goals should be specific.
Why written goals? Because if goals are not written down, they will be forgotten. Time causes such goals to fade from our daily thought process and routine. Even when written down, these goals must be part of our daily prayer routine. Ask God to help you achieve your goals for His glory.
If goals are not written down, they will be forgotten.
As Gary Johnson teaches, there are three significant goal categories. Let’s examine each of them together.
TO GROW IN MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, I WILL…
You cannot help others grow in their relationship with God if you are not actively pursuing growth in your personal relationship with God. List four or five daily routines in which you will engage God on a personal level. A specific Scripture study plan, concentrated prayer plan, and Scripture memorization are good tools with which to start.
TO DEEPEN KEY RELATIONSHIPS, I WILL…
To be a Christ follower means that you are in relationship with Christ. You also need to set goals on how to improve the key relationships in your life. Such improvement will not simply happen on its own. Spending time with your key relationships, studying and praying together with them, and mentoring people are just a few suggestions with which to start.
TO DEVELOP MY PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL LIFE, I WILL…
We need to be intentional about developing our professional lives. Continuing eduction opportunities must be taken. They must be scheduled. They must be prioritized. The same holds true for our personal development. Exercise goals, weight goals, personal development goals all fall into this subcategory.
Remember what Paul tells us:
Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
NOW, IT IS YOUR TURN.
What do your personal goals look like? I would love to hear from you.