Church Based After School Program: Administration 101 – Knowing Your Purpose

I’m the type of person that likes to just jump in and do! I hate reading directions.

However, I married a man who understood the importance of structure and planning. I’ve learned much over the last 45 years just by observing him. I have seen that one who is willing to plan and then carry out the plan accomplishes much more than the person who just randomly aims at some distant goal.

So though I’d rather just do WHAT EVER! I’ve trained myself to be more intentional in what I do.

You can’t be intentional as you plan unless you KNOW YOUR PURPOSE

What is the Purpose for your ministry?

Why do you do what you do? What is the ultimate outcome  you want? Who do you want the kids you serve to be when they are 40?

Do a fast read through of Joshua 3.

  Joshua was going to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land.  They had been    wandering in the desert for forty years.

Why do you think the Israelites wandered in the desert for forty years?

 The Israelites had forgotten their Purpose.  They had abandoned their            purpose.

God had given the Israelites their Purpose Statement in Deuteronomy 6:5.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

If you don’t have a clear Purpose Statement you are going to end up wandering. You may do a lot of activity – but that doesn’t mean you accomplish anything. Look at the Israelites – they were moving constantly but not getting anywhere.

I’ve seen a lot of ministries do just this – here is a story about three such ministries  

I believe they were stuck in activity because, just like the Israelites, they didn’t have a firm grasp on their PURPOSE.

Below is what a purpose statement should be.  If you want a way to create your purpose statement with your team, thus building ownership, email me,

  1. It is a clear and concise statement of:
    1. To whom we are called to minister
    2. What our purpose is
  2. It is motivating.
  3. It is understood by the people in both:
    1. The church
    2. The community.
  4. It looks toward the future.
  5. Its task should be reasonable.
  6. It should fit under the umbrella of your church’s Purpose Statement if your ministry is part of a church.
  7. It should be outcome-oriented instead of process-oriented.
  8. The Purpose Statement communicates the OUTCOME you want to achieve.


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