On the bridge of the Starship Enterprise Captain Picard and Number One can discuss strategy and maneuvers, course headings and evasive maneuvers but nothing happens until the order is given – ENGAGE! The planning is good, strategizing is important, research is necessary but too many people have brilliant ideas but they never engage the process of making it happen. Great ideas with out action are fantasies with no power. Ideas are only powerful when they are partnered with action.

I find that there are a lot of people in the church who have dreams of doing various ministries from serving the homeless to tutoring at risk children and providing shoes for children in Jamaica. I encourage them to write out their vision, pray for guidance, partner with their pastors and build a team to see the dream fulfilled. I will see these same people two to three years later and ask them about their ministry dream. After they get over the shock that I actually remembered, their response usually is,”Pastor I really never began to move on the dream.” What holds people back from engaging their ideas and fulfilling their dreams?

Fear – Fear of success and fear of failure. The unknown cripples and maims people to the point of inertia. Faith overcomes fear. Faith in your unique abilities and special insight. Faith in God who gave you the vision to provide the provisions for success and faith in the power of the idea that you have. (2 Timothy 1:7For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.)

Fatigue – When people are tired from constantly living life at full speed they can rarely slow down long to change direction and engage their life changing ideas. In fact when they do slow down the first thing they do is sleep. When they wake up it is time to get back on the tread mill of life. (22 What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? 23 All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless. 24 A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? Ecclesiastes 2:22-25)

No Fervor – Without passion for moving forward, changing direction, improved circumstances or being sick and tired of being sick and tired people do not engage. They have already told themselves why something will not work or why convinced themselves of who they can not meet. The lack of fervor has killed many a dream and robbed many people of their greatness

So how do you ENGAGE?

Energize yourself – Exercise, Visualize and Mobilize. No one will be more excited about your idea than you will be

Negotiate your schedule. Make time to work on your God given ministry dream. Just like an appointment with the doctor take time each week to systematically pursue the dream. You will never have spare time so schedule the time

Gather research and best practices surrounding the idea. Contact people in similar industries. Go online, go to the library. You may have to dig but there is enough knowledge that is available and free that your ministry can be effective and you will not have to design it without a template

Anticipate – What are the possibilities, who will benefit from my idea, who would like to share the journey with me? Anticipate everything from your possibilities to your potential obstacles

Gather your team – All great events in history were achieved by team work. Sometime the team was behind the scene but there was always a team. Tell your story to friends, referred associates, Centers of influence and strategic partners. Everyone will not listen but all you need is for your team members to catch the vision

Empower your plan by giving them to the Lord. Plan your ministry and get started. Move forward as soon as possible. Get an accountability partner to help keep you on track. A body at rest tends to stay at rest but a body in motion tends to stay in motion – ( Proverbs 16:3 & 9 3 Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. 9 The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.)

Rev. William T Chaney Jr

West Baltimore UMC

5130 Greenwich Ave

Baltimore, MD 21229

410 945 8397