June 14, 2017

6 Reasons Your Ministry Has Become Irrelevant

Change in ministry is a good thing. In case you haven't noticed, Christian ministry is currently in the midst of one. Unfortunately, many ministries and their leaders are intimidated by change. Here's why:

  • Change means change, and many refuse to do so.

  • It also means that they will have to confront the issues and obstacles many have been ignoring for a long time.
Ministries and their leaders who refuse to change, become irrelevant.

In my years of ministry, I've learned many things. One of which is, if you plan to be in ministry a long time, change is inevitable, and you will have to reinvent yourself from time to time.

All ministries have gone through changes at one time or another. Change does not mean you did something wrong, it simply means you want to do something right.

If we search the scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, we can see how the Lord made the necessary changes to accomplish His purpose and goal. 

Of course, His laws never change. His love and concern for us never changes. His will in our lives never changes. However, His methods to get us where He needs and wants us to be does. See Isaiah 43:19

Here are six reasons you and your ministry have become irrelevant.
  1. You keep saying, "Let's pray on it." You have been saying this for many years.
     

    As you and your team are praying, there should be some meetings for brainstorming and strategizing. Action always accompanies prayer.

  2. You are comfortable sticking with tradition. You believe that this is the only way something is done and can be done, and it has become part of your ministry's culture.

  3. You are comfortable with the status-quo. If this describes you, I guarantee your vision for the future looks much like the past.

    J. Lee Grady said it best, " What worked 30 years ago has outlived its usefulness."

  4. You are just going through the motions. You have no sense of urgency, and have become comfortable with what you see in your ministry.

    Your vision does not reflect the changes in your community, and ignores the changes in your group or organization.

    Because of your lack of passion and enthusiasm when you speak to those you lead, all they hear is blah, blah, blah.

  5. You won't befriend non-Christians. Could you imagine Paul not befriending those that didn't know Jesus? The early Christians would have never been able to turn the world upside down.

  6. Those you lead don't buy into the much needed change. One characteristic of leadership is the ability to influence and inspire. Over the years, you've lost this ability with both your team and your organization.
As leaders, you need to understand, accept and confront these changes and trends. This means you'll either step up to the challenge, step aside and mentor someone who can, or step down.


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