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Choosing the Right Ministries for Your Church
How should a church determine which ministries it should develop? Maybe you’ve had men’s and women’s ministries for as long as anyone can remember. Or perhaps you’re still supporting a food pantry because it meets a need no other church in your area meets. But the options don’t stop there. I’ve seen specialty ministries for car enthusiasts, artists, and long-distance runners. I’ve seen ministries that partner with local schools and tattoo parlors. With all of these granular options, how can you choose which ministries to pour into with limited time and resources?
One strategy I’ve seen succeed over and over is by inverting the expected approach. Most churches start with the ministries they think they should be running, and then try to find people to fill those needs. Instead, start with the people. Does someone at your church have a passion to reach students at the local college? Give that person the tools to develop a prototype ministry. Does an elder have a vision to start a recovery ministry because he saw how a similar ministry helped his sister? Ask him what he would do with a percentage of the church budget to work with. When we let our people drive the ministries we invest in, we don’t have to worry about recruiting committed volunteers—they come built in. And we don’t need to stress about all the things our church isn’t doing—people’s passion and energy is focused where it will have the most impact.