Does Your Ministry Need To Have a Farm System?

Where churches struggle – in the planting phase, and especially in the aging period – is that so much of the work is too often left done in too few hands.

Does Your Ministry Need To Have a Farm System?
When “pitchers and catchers report,” it begins the orientation period of spring training, providing players an opportunity to get to know each other, as well the basics of their specific roles. Players of all ages, backgrounds, countries or tribes – er, denomination; uh, organization – come together to better understand their responsibilities at various levels.
Does Your Ministry Need To Have a Farm System?
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When staffing a ministry team and recruiting volunteers, major league baseball is one of three institutions whose organizational structure provides a clear foundation on which to study for models of growth and sustainability; the others being the public schools, and Jesus’ original apostles.

How might your ministry grow by reflecting all tribes and nations?

Exploring your ministry structure through these lenses, we contend you’ll make progress coping with a continuing church challenge, that programming and structures minimally overcome: church growth.

The growth issues that many churches face largely revolve around finding new volunteers, especially in a culture as transient as the U.S. has become, and in a world whose methods of communication seem to change frequently.

Where churches struggle – in the planting phase, and especially in the aging period – is that so much of the work is too often left done in too few hands. Churches often languish in the 20/80 principle, where 20 percent of the people do 80 percent of the work. Our pages are abundant with articles and ideas about “How to Reach Millennials.” Or reaching or old people, or immigrants, as if there is a magic solution to reaching any such group.

Inherent in each of our models – baseball, school, and the apostles—are three clear foundations on which to build: diversity, specificity, sustainability. Moreover, adding Christ’s mandate to disciple makes the concepts even stronger.

Looking at the three examples recommended here, which translates to your church ministry?

Diversity

Looking at your current roster of servants on any ministry team, what is their makeup? Similar age? Backgrounds? Skills? Where are the opportunities for inclusion: of other cultures, ethnicities, or physical abilities? How might your ministry grow by reflecting all tribes and nations?

Specificity

It’s one thing to ask for volunteers. It’s another to be explicit with expectations, standards and responsibilities. What areas of your ministry are you asking to fill? Do you need technical people? Verbal people? Thinkers? Counselors? Financial or computer people? Realistically, how much time might doing a role take? Are there uniforms or other items needed?

Sustainability

Visionary pastors may plant churches with good ideas, newly hired pastors may have strengths in revitalizing an emerging church, a seasoned pastor may have specific ways to do certain things. However, if processes are not in place to replicate, “to be fruitful and multiply,” the programs all too often die when its founders move on.


More About Michael Edgar Myers
Michael Edgar Myers has been serving in performance ministry for more than 25 years. He is the founding director of Kingdom Impact Theater Ministries which uses music, theater, and multi-media to inspire Christ-followers in their walk with Jesus Christ, and those who are curious about Christ to embrace a relationship with Him.
Get in Touch: mem@kit-ministries.com    More by Michael Edgar Myers

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