I just wanted to briefly outline the goals and reason I have them listed for this year.Over the past few years I have felt somewhat of a disconnect within our teams from the spiritual disciplines that I really value and feel necessary for a ministry like ours to practice. Even though I do most of these kind of things personally, I have not encouraged them as strongly as I need. If our ministry is to continue to grow and become all that we can be for the Kingdom, it is of vital importance that each person see the need to adopt these kind of habits. Moreover for your own personal relationship with Christ and God, these sort of disciplines cannot be ignored. Let me outline them now. Please feel free to comment or drop me a line if you have questions etc.
Goals for WAVE Teams
Each team meets once a month with me.
Over the course of this year, I will be making an effort to meet regularly with each team. This will be more difficult with teams in FL but I think it is certainly doable. The reason this is so important to me is because 1) you are all like family to me 2) If we are not meeting face-to-face on a regular basis it’s harder for you to understand and know my heart and the direction of the ministry. This may require some creativity but I feel like if everyone is on board, we can all make the necessary adjustments to be at that particular practice. Of course, this will only happen if each person on the team is committed.
Each team member does 10 hours of service this semester
This may sound like a lot but it’s really not. If each person were to serve in their church service during nursery a couple times a week or offer to do something for an elderly couple etc. The 10 hours would be done within a couple months. A couple trips to a nursing home or homeless shelter will knock out several of those hours at any given time. This is very important because each of our team members need to understand the value of serving and being involved off the stage. Leading people in worship from the stage is a great feeling but living worship in every day life is what we are called to do.
Each team member memorizes 10 verses
For as long as we have been in existence, memorizing scripture has been an integral part of our discipling. Over the last several years this has become a lax part of our discipline. We must return to this because I feel it is important to hide God’s word in our hearts to help us in areas of life (Ps. 119:11). Knowing God’s Word is certainly more important than knowing a song. A list of verses will be posted soon.
Each team member has a devotion 5 days a week
Aside from salvation, making a decision to have a personal devotional time with the Lord is the greatest, life-changing decision one can make. Adopting this practice will not only deepen each person’s relationship with God but it will provide the foundation for performing, serving, and ministering to others. The more of God’s word we know, the more we will be able to use in counseling others. There are several great devotionals out there and many can also be found online. This doesn’t require tons of time but it does require a commitment. We all make time for things that are important to us. If we have time to text, surf the web, Facebook, tweet, watch TV, listen to music, then we most certainly have time to read God’s Word. Set aside 15 minutes a day and I promise you within a month…perhaps less, you will see a difference in yourself and so will others!
Each team member attends church 1 x a week
Because our ministry is geared to serve the local church and Kingdom of God at large, we desire for each person to attend church services at least once-a-week. Being plugged into a local gathering is not only scriptural but necessary in growing as a believer. It’s in a local church setting where we hear God’s word, develop relationships and find ways to serve others. We want each person plugged into a local assembly as a “church” even it’s an on campus ministry or some other local body that gathers to worship Christ.
Each team member is being discipled by someone and mentoring another
We also are pushing this year for each person on our teams to be discipled and mentored by someone older and for each team member to disciple someone younger. Discipleship is clearly stated to be important to Jesus. If someone is not currently discipling you, please pray about approaching someone who is older, more mature in their walk with Christ as asking them to give you an hour a week of their time for prayer and questions. Most anyone you ask would love to be part of your life in this way.
Also, please prayerfully consider someone younger than you that you can begin to pray for and if not meet together, you can simply text, Facebook, or email prayers for and connect with throughout the week.
Each team member supports mission work
We are asking that each person our team be involved in mission work of V2H somehow. This could be through prayer lifting up mission projects we are involved with throughout the world, to support local mission projects with your attendance and support. Each year V2H offers several ways for teams and their members to serve in a missions aspect of sharing the gospel with people on another culture. We believe that is is important for each person on our teams to have cross cultural experiences, even if it’s trying new foods, learning new language skills, or engaging a different country altogether. Please consider how you can be involved in the ongoing mission projects with V2H and plug in.
Each team member attends 3 practices a month
Finally, our goal is to have each member attending 3 practices a month because it’s really hard to work on music, placements, dramas, etc. if people are not consistently at practices. We ask that everyone be as committed to this ministry as you would be to any sport or other endeavor. This is to ensure that we can become the very best we can be and honor God with our talents and teams. Obviously we know that sometimes things come up but as a regular habit, members should be at practices the majority of time.
With these goals and practices in place, not only do I feel our teams will be stronger but I believe so will each individual person on our teams. Such commitments will bring great results as we serve the Lord together and push one another toward Christ.
Please feel free to message me or comment if more explanation is needed.