Help for Pastors: How to Develop a Vision for Ministry

Ministry Monday: Develop a Vision for Ministry (Help for Pastors & Churches)

Written By: Glenn C. Stewart

Help for Pastors: How to Develop a Vision for Ministry

Pastors are responsible for establishing vision and direction. Professor and church consultant, Aubrey Malphurs, states that, “Vision is a clear, challenging picture of the future of the ministry, as you believe that it can and must be.”

Conveying vision involves the following critical steps:

  • Paint a clear picture of the preferred future. What is the desired end state?
  • Consider the dreams and aspirations of those you lead; they need to see themselves in the picture.
  • Test your vision with your leaders and be open to their input.
  • Articulate the vision clearly, deliver it passionately, and implement it relentlessly.

Crafting and casting vision requires boldness, a sense of daring. Leaders must be willing to step out and take risks, to step into unknown territory. The known has you where you are. It’s time for the unknown, uncharted waters of uncertainty based on the clear vision God has given you, the passionate picture of a preferred future.

I have found, particularly in smaller churches, that being caught up in management costs effective leadership. Do all you can to free yourself from operational management so you can champion the vision and develop strategies to fulfill it.

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.

 – Helen Keller

LifeEquip is available to help pastors develop a vision for ministry. Developing a Vision for Ministry by Aubrey Malphurs is also a great resource. See more information about the book below.

A Book Recommendation for How to Develop a Vision for Ministry:

Title: Developing a Vision for Ministry

Book Summary:

Discover how to develop a vision statement with the understanding that vision is a key foundation on which church activities must be built.

Strong leaders have vision that is both far-reaching and focused on the details. Having that vision is what separates the church with a hodge-podge of ineffective programs and activities from churches that reach people effectively, efficiently, and consistently with the good news of Jesus. Now in its third edition, this groundbreaking book continues to offer church planters, pastors, and ministry leaders concrete help with crafting vision statements, encouraging buy-in from the influencers in the church, turning up the energy level, and ultimately growing the church.

“Ministry without vision is like a surgeon without a scalpel.”


About the Author: Aubrey Malphurs 

Aubrey Malphurs (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is the senior professor of leadership and pastoral ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary and founder of the Malphurs Group. He engages in church consulting and training and is the author of more than twenty ministry books, including Look Before You Lead and Re:Vision.

Help for Pastors: How to Develop a Vision for Ministry

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  1. Aubrey Malphurs, Ministry nuts and bolts: what they don’t teach pastors in seminary. (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2016).

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  1. Pastor Lorinson Guerrier January 18, 2018 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    God bless you.i am pastor missinary from haiti i want to visit you.

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