Sunday Bulletin Article – The "Meaning" Behind the "Doing" – 5-5-13

The “Meaning” Behind the “Doing”
“Wow, this sure is a busy place!”
That’s a refrain we hear often, and it’s true! Not just on Sundays, but on any given day, at any given time, you’ll find HOPE Church bustling with activities.
And, that’s just the way we like it.
We are blessed to have grown to be one of the largest United Methodist churches on the eastern seaboard. God IS good! In addition to an uptick in weekly Sunday worship attendance, our Small Group Ministry, Family Ministry and Tomorrow’s HOPE Preschool (just to name a few) are proving to be wonderful opportunities for new folks to find us and become a part of our faith community.
With growth come opportunities … to expand existing ministries … create new initiatives … and lead people further along in their individual spiritual walk. How do we do that? How do we continue to embrace the core principles of our faith historically rooted in 50- to 100 year-old traditions and continue to make them relevant in the 21st-century church?
Here’s a look behind the curtain …
Most of what is going on at HOPE today started as someone’s idea. Holy nudges often prompting people to step out of their comfort zone, take action and become involved. Before any idea is launched, however, three essentials must be in place:
1.) Vision
Is the vision clear, compelling and consistent with HOPE’S overall ministry vision?
2.) Leadership
Is there a team of committed people in place willing to take leadership roles in the initiative?
3.) Resources
Do we have the people, space (facility) and money necessary to succeed?
Without these three things essentials firmly in place, even the best idea will not be sustainable or repeatable. We believe if a ministry is worth doing, then let’s do our best to build it to last beyond the initial enthusiasm.
Failure is always an option …
This may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes you need to allow something to fail. In spite of hard work, best intentions, and a powerful vision, sometimes ministries fail and that’s okay.
A case in point— HOPE does not have a traditional adult Sunday school program. We have tried through the years to develop high-functioning curricula, but we’ve never been successful. We had to admit failure and then find another way to help adults grow in their faith.
All of this intentionality makes it harder on the front end to launch an idea, but we know God is in the details, and starting any project with a good foundation is key to its success.
So, has the Holy Spirit been whispering to your heart? Is there a ministry area that you have ideas about for HOPE Church? Do you have an idea that you could lend your time, talents and resources to? It all starts with a conversation. Reach out to a staff member, send an email or make a phone call. We’d love to hear from you.

You never know how God may use you to launch something that will be a blessing to others for years to come.


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