6 Signs It’s Time Ministry Adapt and Change

I'm sure you've noticed that ministry has changed. The landscape is much different now. It has many different looks, niches, platforms and audiences.

More than ever, the ability to adapt and change to fit these new ministry dynamics is crucial.

Ministry leaders and their teams should not confuse adaptability with compromise. 

Paul the apostle showed great ability and wisdom at adapting his message and gospel strategy, showing tact, the presence of mind and an earnest desire to see people come to Jesus. 1 Corinthians 9:19-22 

Our Lord Jesus himself demonstrated the importance of adaptability “by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:7-8 

As a matter of fact, God has been adapting to His creation since the fall of Adam and Eve. First, because He loves us, and second because, well, good leaders adapt. They understand that for everything there is a time and a season. 

Did you catch that? 

A ministry leaders unwillingness or inability to adapt to the current times, his or her audiences, and even the culture, says that they are comfortable with where they are, how things are going and content with just hanging on and just surviving. 

Ministries and their leaders who refuse to adapt or change, become irrelevant. Irrelevance is defined as the gap between how quickly culture changes and how quickly you change. 

Adapting does not mean compromise

As it relates to ministry, compromise could mean you quit. To throw in the towel. Give up the ghost. On the other hand, adapting simply means to change or adjust. 

For example, if you were teaching a group of young people, you would use words and phase they'd understand as opposed to if you were teaching a group of older adults.

You’re not compromising the gospel message, you're simply making an adjustment so that your audience will understand the message.

Here are six signs it’s time for any ministry or organization to adapt and change. 

  1. When your strategy is not aligned with the vision God has given you.

    This is natural and can happen for many reasons, from complexity over time, lack of clarity and understanding and not having the right people in place.

  2. When your ministry or organization is not growing are stops growing.

    This can happen for many reasons. The more common reasons are simply that your vision, strategy, tactics, and even your leadership are outdated.

  3. When you or your team realize you need an online presence.

    May be you do have an online presence but you've never given any thought on how to effectively use any of the digital platforms.

    Your online presence or lack of, is directly tied to your organizations growth.

  4. When giving to your ministry or organization is down.

    How people give and who they give to has changed dramatically in resent years. Do you know that 68 percent prefer to give online as opposed to in person?

    With online giving increasing, you would think that faith-based and other non-profit groups would be prepared. Unfortunately, 86% are not.

  5. When your group/gathering or congregation is aging.

    There are many implications of an aging congregation, this however doesn't mean they're not or can't be useful but at some point, the leader has to navigate the transition toward ministry leadership changes.

  6. When young adults (The future of your organization) are leaving at alarming rates.

    I recently read that 91 percent of future recruiting or discipleship is based on a leaders ability to adapt and deal with change.
I’ll end with this quote by John Maxwell, “You cannot be the same, think the same, and act the same if you hope to be successful in a world that does not remain the same.”


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