Many times churches get this idea that being busy and starting more things is the same as being a success. It is easy to think that the more ministries you start, the better the church must be doing. But here is the deal, more things going on is NOT the goal. The goal should be to see lives changed. You could be a church of 50 or 500, and have 25 different ministries, but if it is not producing life change in people, you are not being effective or successful. Here are a few more thoughts:
- If the ministries you are doing now are not producing any life change in people, you need to get rid of it.
- If starting a new ministry means another job for an already stressed out, overloaded staff member, you probably do not need it.
- If your idea of growth is doing something else, and not spiritual maturity in people, you likely do not need to do anything else.
- If you think that keeping your people busy is more important than letting them get out into the world to make a difference and have influence, you do not need another ministry.
- If you have to get up and beg people to attend a ministry event every time you have it, you do not need it because it must not be producing life change in people, or they would come.
- If you have to guilt people into doing something, you do not need to do it. It obviously is not an effective means to life change for your people.
- Just because the church down the street does it, does not mean you need to do it.
- Just because you have always done it, does not mean you should still be doing it.
So, what are your thoughts? Do you think less is more or more is more?