Those of us working on church tech teams spend a lot of time and money trying to get people into our ministry, while also seeking to reach people.
By using video and editing techniques, we are able to refine and craft our message to be broadcast via television, radio, and social media, as a means to further our reach.
Our job is to do our best to present the Gospel. In the end, it is up to that person and the Holy Spirit.
We spend so much time worrying about our reach, though, that we forget just how big our God really is.
Have faith, do your best and let the Spirit do the rest.
This past week, our pastor at West Asheville Baptist Church said he was not responsible for people's salvation. That's the Holy Spirit's job.
Our job is to do our best to present the Gospel. In the end, it is up to that person and the Holy Spirit. In truth, not all who hear, will answer the call.
I sometimes think we get in the way of our ministries by letting our life get in the way. The troubles we face daily, pale in comparison to God.
If we and our teams do our best, and put out a clear and concise message in all of the ways available to us, and let God manifest His will, then we have done our job.
When we try to reach people, we unfortunately have limitations that are in our minds and within our reach.
God, though, is infinite.
Therefore, do we allow God to be big in our ministry? What can we do to let go? In my experience, when I know that I have done everything I can: prayed, empowered my team to do their best, crafted a clear and concise message, and delivered it in all the ways available to me then it is time for me to "Let go and let God."
I am never finished with making all of my little changes, but at a certain point, I run out of time. If I have been faithful, then I know God is bigger than me. And the Spirit will do the rest.
How big is your God?
With the faith of a mustard seed, you can move mountains. Do you rely on man or God?
Your ministry will be as big as you are. As you grow, it will grow.
Have faith, and do your best and you must be relevant. Christ went to where people were and lived. Do you go to the people, or do you expect them to come to you?
With all of the social media tools that exist these days, those of us working in churches are able to meet people in their element: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. There is something for everyone.
What are you doing to reach them? Most of the social connection tools are free to use. These social media tools are useful when you consider that sometimes it is hard to hold someone's attention for an hour on Sunday. You'd be surprised who you can reach in five minutes on a Tuesday.
Turn your message into a brand.
Is it easy to remember you? It can be, if you are consistent across all forms of communication. By using the same logo, colors and text, you can reach the seven or more impressions that help people remember you.
From there, you can stay top of mind with your followers.
Once you have your content, and all of your logos and materials are consistent in their message, then you can take the next step.
Too often, though, we make excuses, by saying we only have volunteers and our equipment is old.
Instead, we should focus on how we can do our best and let God do the rest.
Remember that God in your ministry will only be as big as you let him. We all need to make sure that we have a plan, and then as we implement the plan we let everyone know what is expected of them. By doing so, we give them a clear message of their role in your ministry.
Dream big. Make your plan seem unattainable. Trust, then pray.
The power of prayer is huge. How often do we get too busy working on a problem, to where we don't make time to pray?
The only way to know God's will in your life is to pray for guidance and to be open to the greatness God has in store for you and your ministry.
What are the obstacles in your ministry?
Discuss what is holding you back.
Is it fear.
Pray for faith and wisdom and direction. Encourage your team. Make them a part of the process. Set your goals so high, that only God can achieve them. Get rid of the troubles and excuses with prayer and dedication and faith. Believe in yourself and show how big your God really is.
How big can your ministry be? As big as you let it.
Pray, dream, plan, teach, learn and grow. Do your best to let God grow in your ministry.
You will grow and those around you will grow. Grow your team and your followers into leaders, so that your ministry grows outside of you and as big as God intended.
My prayer today is that everyone who reads this will get into the Word and let the Spirit reveal your true calling. I hope that you will set about your ministry with direction and faith.
Do this and God show you how big he can be, if you let him.