Stale Bread

There is nothing worse than getting everything out to make the perfect sandwich: the Boar’s Head lunch meat, the Duke’s mayo, the perfect Jersey tomato, the crisp lettuce, the thinly sliced red onion, the thick cut peppered bacon (because everything is better with bacon!) and you go to get the bread and its stale. Everything has a shelf life and it’s easy to let things go without realizing they’ve grown old. So, here’s the question I want to ask: Is your ministry getting stale? Ask yourself these questions to help you determine your answer: 

 

  1. Has your group or team grown? And I don’t mean 1 or 2 here and there. We have had groups and teams see explosive growth in the last 3 months so group/team growth IS possible.  
  2. Are your people showing up? Do you routinely NOT know what your group/team is going to look like on the day you meet/serve? 
  3. Are your people unresponsive? Are your people not responding to your communications? 

If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, then your ministry might be getting stale. Here are three things that I believe will reinvigorate your environment. 

  1. Find a “why” every week and share it with your group/team. A “why” is the reason we do what we do. From time to time I post a picture of me standing with someone that just gave their life to Christ or was baptized. When I see that picture I am reminded why we serve. We don’t serve our Coach or Lifepoint. We serve Jesus and He will use us to bring people to Him. Find a story each week to share with your group/team. To find a story, scan your serving environment and ask God to lead you to someone. Then, walk up and introduce yourself and ask them two questions: (Tailor them to be appropriate for your environment) 
    1. How long have you been coming to Lifepoint? 
    2. How has God worked in your life through this ministry? 
  2. Empower Change. Allow your members and leaders to make changes to how you do things. This means you are going to have to provide a platform for them to do this. It could be as simple as asking, “How can we make this better?”  This will give your group/team a sense of ownership over what they do and where they serve. 
  3. Work hard. Play hard. When is the last time you just hung out as a group/team? When is the last time you did something just for fun? If you’re going to develop relationships you have to spend time together outside of service or group times. I recommend once every 6-8 weeks to plan on doing something fun like bowling, hiking, prayer walking, cookout, or meet up for coffee. Get creative!