How to successfully implement new ministry initiatives

Launching new ministry initiatives can be really exhilarating and exciting. It can also come with a fair amount of stress. Will people get on board? Will they question its validity? How can you ensure you’re setting it up to be successful? How do you maximize the initiatives to create incredible momentum in your ministry? Today I want to share a few tips to consider as you’re looking toward rolling out new programs or plans this fall.

Creating Buy-In and Momentum

  1. Create awareness of why the changes matter. Your staff needs to be on the same page and they need to be able to paint the picture of where you are headed to their own volunteers and departments. They cannot do this unless you first make them aware of the ‘why’ behind the strategies and how they support your overarching vision.
  2. Layer the buy-in across all your key leaders. Get your leadership on board long before you announce plans to the entire church body. You need buy-in from multiple people at different stages — first executive leadership, then staff, then lay leadership and volunteers. It may feel time-consuming, but it’s worth it!
  3. Slow everything else you’re doing leading into the major change. Focus on one or two ideas at a time. Executing major changes takes focus, clarity, and the removal of unnecessary distractions.
  4. Develop a long-term plan for communicating the change. Your team needs to be in on the plans for rolling out the new ministry initiatives. You should have a communication plan in place so everyone knows when the initiative will be unveiled church-wide.
  5. Clearly define your expectations. Everyone involved with implementing the change needs to know their unique responsibilities and the outcomes you expect, both from them individually and from the new initiative as a whole. Lack of clarity here will greatly increase your chances for failure.

Heading toward change with a plan, a purpose, and a clear, articulate vision for the future will help you make moves faster and more effectively.

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Have you rolled out a new ministry initiative in the past year? What went well and what would you change?

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Posted by Steve Caton on August 05, 2015