You have a good idea, a really good idea. Not just something that popped into your head, but something you really feel the Holy Spirit has laid on your heart. It could be anything from starting a Bible study, to a kids club or some other ministry you would like to see happening in your church.
So you go to ask the leaders about it and get your idea rejected. This leaves you licking your wounds and wondering why nobody around here listens to you! Here are a few suggestions about how to get those things done in a Christ exalting way.
1. Take the bulk of the responsibility
Often believers get a cold shower on their ideas because they present them the wrong way. Most Christians respect the leadership in their church, otherwise they wouldn’t be there, and they want to let the leadership know that they want them involved in what they want to do. But this often sounds to the elders or deacons like “one more thing for me to do.”
It’s important when presenting an idea to the leadership that you make it clear that you will be responsible for the idea that you have. Of course you want their input and oversight, but remember that your burden is yours, you don’t want to lay it on someone else to do.
2. Talk to other Christians first
Talk to other believers who might be able to help you before you present the idea to your leaders. This Christian might be one of the elders or deacons. Whoever they are, talk to people to get their feedback and suggestions about what you want to see happen.
I was once asked to talk to a group of elders from another assembly about an evangelistic outreach some of my friends in that meeting wanted to see happen. My friends warned me that these elders shot down almost every suggestion about outreaches. So I met with my friends, developed a detailed plan of what we wanted to do, we then typed up a document that was clear, detailed, and concise.
When I presented this to the elders at a meeting they were very excited. They saw that we were serious and had a plan. They offered a few suggestions that we gladly welcomed and the outreach happened! The reason other ideas were getting the wet blanket was probably because they weren’t as detailed and organized enough for these elders to take seriously.
3. Pray about it
This is so elementary to any Christian you would think it barely needs to be stated, but it does. We often think we know what the Lord wants before we have really asked Him. We might pray telling God what we want to do, which is usually a good way to get God to laugh, but we never spend real concentrated time seeking the Lord’s will.
The more we pray about a burden the Lord has given us, the better direction He will be able to give us on how to get what He wants done through us and His assembly.