6 Reasons Ministries and Their Leaders Become Irrelevant

Change 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 for many it's hard to do.

  • It also means that they will have to confront the issues and obstacles they've 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.

When you search the scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, you'll find that the Lord always 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 ministries and their leaders become irrelevant.
  1. They keep saying, "Let's pray on it."

    This can go on for 
    years. While you and your team are praying, there should be some meetings for brainstorming and strategizing. Action always accompanies prayer.

  2. They've become comfortable sticking with tradition.

    They believe that their way of doing ministry is the only way and it has become part of their ministry's culture.

  3. They've become 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. They start going through the motions.

    They know longer have a sense of urgency, and have become comfortable with what they see and do in ministry.

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

  5. Their vision no longer reflects the changes around them.

    The demographics and needs of their community have changed. They begin to ignore the changes in their group or organization such as generational and social needs.

  6. Many of these groups and their leaders won't befriend non-Christians.

    Could you imagine Paul not befriending those that didn't know Jesus? If not the early Christians would have never been able to turn the world upside down.

  7. Those they lead no longer buy into the much needed change.

    One characteristic of leadership is the ability to influence and inspire. Over the years, many organizations and their leaders have lost this ability.
To stay relevant in this day and time, ministries, organizations and their leaders, need to understand, accept without compromise and confront current changes and trends. This means you'll either step up to the challenge, step aside and mentor someone who can, or may be it's time to step down.

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