The Purpose Of Goals

Do you have goals in your ministry? These simple little things, written down and clarified, will help you move forward with your work. Church ministry is often tough because it’s difficult to know when a person is finished. When you work on a building project, you can step back when it’s finished and see the end result. When you work on a car, you can tell, eventually, if it’s going to run properly or not.

In ministry, however, it’s sometimes difficult to figure out what’s been accomplished. This is where goals come in. These can be short or long-term goals. You don’t need a ton of them and they can be flexible. You can have daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, semester goals and/or annual goals. Each of these or any of these will help bring clarity to your ministry and bring focus.

Here are some reasons why goals are important to ministry leaders serving in the church (this list is from the book The Leader In You by Carnegie and Associates).


Goals keep us from drifting.

Goals help you keep working on the most important things in your ministry. It may be easy to get sidetracked on little, useless projects if you don’t have goals in place. For example, if you have a goal of connecting personally with one person in your leadership team each week. This keeps you on track to set this up and make it happen.

Goals help us take charge of life.

Simple daily deadline goals help you take charge of life. If you have to leave your office by 4:30, then you typically will get your work done and head out the door. If you don’t have that hard goal or deadline, it may be easy to leave too late, take work home with you, or at the very least, have it all on your mind as you try to go home and do other things.

Goals create a sense of urgency.

You may have aspirations, but without goals, you won’t have the urgency to begin. Goals keep the fire burning and keep us moving in the right direction each day. There will also be “urgent” matters brought your attention and often, it’s the urgent things that use up our time each day. The only problem is that other people are defining what is “urgent” for you. As you set goals, you have the opportunity to define what is urgent.

Goals keep us from wasting time.

It’s too easy to keep scrolling through social media if you don’t have something pressing to accomplish. One of the great benefits of goals is to make the most of the time you’re given. Goals are a good tool to become a great steward of time.

Goals provide a deadline.

You’ve probably heard the quote, “A goal without a deadline is simply a daydream.” Deadlines help get the adrenaline pumping. They motivate you. Ministry work doesn’t always provide the kind of deadlines other jobs, so it’s important to create goals to help.

Goals help us know what to do today.

Most ministry leaders have flexible times and schedules. Goals help you figure out what to do with each day.

Goals keep us focused.

Focus is a high commodity these days. It’s easy to get distracted by email, phone notifications or side conversations. However, with goals in place, focus sets in. For example, you may have a goal today to finish up your speaking session for next week. You give yourself 90 minutes with your email and phone off and your door closed. Work really hard and focused for those 90 minutes and you will surprise yourself with all that will be accomplished.

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