The Importance of Planning in Ministry

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 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance. Col. 3:23-24

Have you ever been somewhere and you weren’t sure you were supposed to be there? Maybe you were new to a church and you couldn’t find your Bible study group. Or maybe your children are new to the school and you are trying to find their classrooms. Whatever the case, there is certain awkwardness when you stumble into a new environment, unsure and nervous.

Lack of planning and preparation in ministry can be similar. You don’t know where you are, what you are doing, or if you are really supposed to be there.

Ministry is serious. It’s God’s work. It’s about bringing others into relationship with our Savior. God works through people. He works through us – you and me. We are examples of his grace. We show others God’s love through how we treat them. Ministry is about Heaven or Hell. It’s not to be taken lightly. And make no mistake. Whether you work full-time at a church or simply volunteer on the weekends, you are in ministry. We all are.

Taking time to plan and prepare for your ministry assignment is important. If you are leading a Bible study, pray, seek, plan, pray, read, re-read, make notes, and practice your lesson. Those who have come to be part of your program, class, Bible study, or support group deserve as much. If you are serving on the greeter’s team at Sunday services, then arrive early, spend time in prayer, and make preparations to do it with excellence. Are you babysitting children in the nursery? Prepare a great craft or activity.

Are you launching a new program in your church? Take the time to plan the logistics. Take the time to think through the what-ifs in hopes of being better-prepared to handle challenges that will surely come.  Take the time to do some online research. Be sure to attend training classes, if possible.

Some of the worst support groups or connect groups or classes that I’ve been part of were not because the leader wasn’t gifted to share or teach, not because they weren’t fully capable, but because they hadn’t taken the time to prepare.

Jennifer MaggioJennifer Maggio is founder of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries. She is an award-winning author of several books and has appeared in countless media venues. For more information, visit


2016-10-17T16:12:02+00:00 September 15th, 2014|life of a single mom|2 Comments


  1. kelia Guyton October 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    I would like more information about planning single mom of the year event as TLSM did. If i could see videos of the setup or venue this would help in my planning as i present this to my pastoral staff.

    Also how do I learn more about the Christmas event?

    • TLSMSTAFF October 25, 2014 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      Our National Single Mom of the Year event is an annual program whereby any single mother in the country can be nominated for this honor. Then, a prestigious National Judging Committee reviews all entries, scores each, and applicants undergo three rounds of judging, until a national winner is selected. That National Single Mom of the Year will win a free trip, cash prize, and various other prizes, along with an awards ceremony in her honor. That ceremony is held annually in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and this year’s was in conjunction with the Single Mom’s Night of Praise with KLOVE Radio. Nominations for 2015 are now open, so feel free to nominate any single mom you feel befitting the honor.
      Annual Christmas Parties are held with many of the churches we work with and is, of course, done so at the discretion of that church’s pastoral team. We love the party atmosphere, the focus on meeting single mom’s needs, and the real reason for the season. Christmas party sizes vary among the churches, but typically a church will host the event with music, food, gifts and prizes, special honors, surprises, gifts for the kids, and more. We’ve seen some unique ideas. The TLSM Staff hosts a Christmas party in our local area in Louisiana and invite single mothers state-wide to be part of that event. It varies from year to year and some ideas are elegant themes complete with nonalcoholic beverages and beautiful Christmas music, long-stemmed roses, and church men escorting ladies to their seats to more casual events with a guest speaker, praise & worship, gift bag distribution, and more. Fundraising is usually done in all the churches we’ve worked to pay fo the event and sometimes church families sponsor single-parent families for extra blessings, such as food and gifts. Please feel free to email our offices with additional questions at Blessings to you!

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