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Last week I listened as my pastor talked some about his vision for 2011 for our church.  In my three years working with him, I have never heard him talk the way he has been talking.  I’ve always known his heart and I know he cares deeply about the people in our community, but there is a new spark in him.  It started at the end of last year, but now it seems to really be hitting full force.  I have to admit, I have never been more excited to be a part of my church than I am right now.

And there is another benefit to me in the way he talks about the vision for our church this year.  It has given me a renewed vision for the kids’ ministry in our church.  We are going to get on board with pastor’s vision for the church to serve our community.  I’m already looking for ways to create new and exciting opportunities for the kids to serve in the community.

The point I want to make is this.  Do you know your pastor’s vision for your church?  If you don’t, then there is no way you can have a clear vision for your kids’ ministry.  You need to find out what direction God is leading your pastor and get in line with that.  This creates harmony in a church, and it also allows God to do even greater things throughout the entire church.

Now, in a lot of big churches, the workers get to hear their pastor’s vision in staff meetings or during staff retreats or something of that nature.  In a small church, it just doesn’t happen.  I know, because I have been in small churches almost my entire life.  I have worked in one for the past three years and we just do things differently.  There is a very good chance you may have to point-blank ask your pastor what his/her vision is for this year.  He/She may not even have a quick answer, but I think every pastor has a vision, they just haven’t thought about how to articulate it, likely because they have never needed to.  If they really have no vision or plan for how to reach people than I question whether or not you should really want to be a part of that church.  I offer Proverbs 29:18 which says, “where there is no vision, the people perish.”

I issue this as a sort of challenge this week.  Find out what your pastor’s vision is and then figure out how your kids’ ministry is going to help fulfill that vision.