More Effective Ministry
When results don’t measure up, it’s time to make some adjustments to your ministry action plan.
It’s rare for a ministry to work perfectly in every way from start to finish. That means you have to make adjustments—both major and minor—to make ministry more effective. Learning what does and doesn’t work is part of the trial-and-error process that makes ministry more effective.
Stop, Start and Continue
What do you need to stop, start or continue?
Visualize the idea of making ministry adjustments as a traffic light:
- Red = Stop
- Green = Start
- Yellow = Continue
Stop. At the top sits a red light, signaling the question: What do you need to STOP doing? If a ministry plan isn’t working or measuring up, then it’s something you need to stop doing. Recognize that doing something new can’t happen until you stop doing something else.
Start. At the bottom sits a green light, representing the question: What do you need to START doing? This is the question to ask when needs aren’t being met, when people can’t find a place or can’t get connected or when current ministry falls short with your church or community.
Continue. The middle light is yellow, asking the question: What do you need to CONTINUE doing? As you review your action plans, look for ministry that’s doing what it’s supposed to do and reaching the people it’s supposed to reach.
Evaluate ministry methods, strategies and plans with the stop, start or continue exercise:
- What do you need to STOP doing?
- What do you need to START doing?
- What do you need to CONTINUE doing?