Vision is something we all need to understand the reason for why we are doing something. As youth pastors, we need to be communicating vision often to our leaders and students. Without it, our leaders can begin to grow weary and feel they have no purpose. It helps teens to understand that all the pizza parties and fun events have a purpose. It helps others to see why our specific youth ministry exists. At the church I serve, our family ministry exists to “help families seek Christ more.” Whatever we do, we help our kids and teens to ultimately seek Christ more. In that, we do our best to communicate that vision to parents, members of our church, and the kids and students involved, so that they know there is a specific purpose versus a baby sitting service. Since doing this, we have seen growth in our leadership team and have retained more leaders. Here are 6 ways to help you out in communicating your youth ministry’s vision.
- Start every training by saying the vision. If your leaders can mouth off the vision and get tired of hearing the vision, then you are in a good place. They understand the vision and have more than like grasped the purpose. While we don’t want to drive our leaders crazy, we need them to understand the specifics to why our vision is what it is. When we start our training by saying the vision and going through it, it helps to bring a unity among the leaders to grab a hold of the vision.
- Communicate the vision while you are communicating. When you are speaking message, if there is a story where or illustration where you can slip in your vision, then do it. It helps others to see that the vision isn’t just a statement, but has purpose to it. For example, with my youth ministry vision I may say, “as a part of this group we were serving, we helped the kids seek Christ more through a VBS we put on.” It’s a good way to repeat the vision in a real life example, so that students and leaders have an understanding of how to live out the vision.
- When you do announcements, say the vision. In all of our volunteer trainings, our one-on-one meetings, and much more, not everyone is going to show up. If we communicate our vision during the announcement time, this gives a much larger audience that will hear and be exposed to the vision. The majority of our leaders and students will be at our main services, so speaking the vision during announcement time is a good time to speak the vision before possible day dreaming occurs during our message after we mention a story with pizza and mountain dew in it.
- Put the vision under your logo with whatever you hand out. This is another easy way to expose your people to the vision. It also allows for people who get handouts outside of your church to know what your vision is. Someone who may not have a church home or student looking for a student service may see the vision and attend because they see that there is a purpose versus just another event to go to.
- Use your vision in your everyday language. This may be going to the extreme, but it shows that you are passionate about the vision and purpose of your youth ministry. If you are talking to a friend, you may say, “I have some students that are seeking Christ more by choosing to get baptized,” or “Is there anything I can help with you seeking Christ more?” Your vision should fire you up and make you want to say it in any variation you can. Either way, it shows that you are serious and truly believe this is the purpose for your specific group.
- Don’t stop communicating the vision. As the last point, this may seem very obvious. Once we cast the vision, we can tend to drop the vision talk. Don’t do this. Vision leaks, so if you are not constantly letting others in on your God-given vision, then they will begin to lose the purpose. As church leaders, we have to make sure our leaders and students constantly know why we do what we do and the specific purposes of our programming. Jesus cast the vision of making disciples which is communicated through many. His vision never ceased to be communicated. We have to do the same to continue to be good stewards with group God has given us to minister to.
Vision can be tricky. There are many more ways we can communicate vision than what I have listed above. The important thing is that we need to be constantly showing others the vision of why our youth ministry exists.
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