Start with God's Heart
“Where do I start?”
It’s the most frequently asked question when it comes to prepping for day one in the role of a girls minister, small group leader, student volunteer, and even parenting…especially when it comes to the wonderful teen years.
As we ask ourselves this question our minds begin racing in a million different directions. We start thinking about what we experienced as teens, struggles we’ve faced, Bible studies that were awesome, leaders that were impactful, events we loved, and pieces of info we’ve gleaned along the way.
But step one must be our foundation. What is our purpose? What is our goal? Why does it matter?
Thankfully, this one does not take in-depth analysis of the history of teen girls. The Lord spelled this one out for us. Glorify God. Whether you are a 13-year-old girl, mom of four, grandmother, or a single 20-something, we all share that same purpose and call from the Lord.
In glorifying Him, our purpose is to make much of Him. To worship, praise, exalt, love, honor, and adore Him above all others. His holiness, love, character, worth, greatness, and perfection are a display of His glory and cause for us to make much of Him.
He even gave us some key points on how this happens:
- Spread His gospel to the ends of the earth that all might know Him.
- Make disciples of those who choose His gift of salvation.
- Walk in faithful obedience shining the light of Christ.
There is a constant call to share the gospel with everyone on this planet. For those of us who live in the world of girls’ ministry, we have a specific demographic that we are after. Girls in your ministry and even those you meet at random need to hear the truth. And it doesn’t just stop at that. Girls who have chosen to follow Christ need other believers to walk alongside of them in the process of sanctification teaching them how to follow, trust, and obey.
Through that, we lead and equip girls to spread the gospel and make disciples so that the glory of God multiplies.
Our desires for them to grow in specific areas of life, to learn from our mistakes, and to do middle and high school better than we did must be founded in the gospel. Otherwise we are not leading them to true life change and we’re not seeking the higher call of glorifying God.
What does that look like exactly? Everything we do must be saturated in the gospel.
This is not a small journey we are on or task we’ve been given. God deserves our praise and that of every girl we meet.
So the question becomes, “How do I glorify God and make Him known through: A.) Sharing the gospel with as many people as possible and B.) Leading those who are followers to growth and multiplication?”
The way that it fleshes out looks different for each of us. But the tool that we use is unified: the gospel.
If our purpose and end goal is to glorify God and the tool we use is the gospel, then the method we need to do that begins with our personal relationship with and growth in Christ. That means prayer and time in the Word are key. You might begin by asking questions like, “Why does God deserve glory?” “Why is His praise more important than my happiness?” “Do I believe that He is in control or do I need to lay aside my pride?”
Then, maybe you move forward in questions about how. “How did the gospel move forward through the church in Acts?” “What does the Bible say honors the Lord?” “What did Paul’s discipleship of Timothy look like?” “What truths does God teach that are vital to our growth in Him?”
These questions are really just some beginning thoughts. Truthfully, the most important thing to do is pay attention to God’s will He’s given you in His Word and listen attentively to the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
The foundation you go forward from will have a huge impact on everything you do and in every way you lead. So start with God first, and let the planning flow from there.
Spend some time meditating on Isaiah 6:3 and Romans 11:36.
Read Ephesians 1:3-14. What is God’s purpose for us when it comes to His glory?
Look at Matthew 5:16, 1 Peter 2:12, and 1 Peter 4:11. How do our actions bring glory to God?
Study 1 Corinthians 10:31. When should we be concerned with glorifying God?
All of this applies to and effects girls’ ministry. Don’t miss out on this rich and high calling that the Lord has given us! - Becca