Few people like to talk about money. Even fewer like to ask for money. But if your church is going to continue to grow in ministry effectiveness, you’ve got to get comfortable with it. And if your church is going to not only grow, but thrive, you’ve got to get good at it. Thankfully, getting ‘good’ at talking about money can be as simple as shifting your perspective just a bit. When you ditch the mindset that giving is a ‘have to’ of Christian life, and instead begin to believe it’s a ‘get to’ that shows people have truly embraced the generosity of God in all areas of their lives, talking about money becomes something entirely different.
How much time are you spending ‘tending’ your individual ministries?
As we work with churches to help them grow their ministries, we find that many church leaders are investing thousands of hours every year on their individual ministry efforts. They’re recruiting volunteers, they’re scheduling facilities, they’re creating communications about ministry activities and dealing with the dozens of administrative details that come with trying to create an active, engaged community of believers. And they’re often burning themselves out in the process.
Numbers get a bad rap in the church world. Leaders can often hear that they ‘only care about the numbers’, without the realization that each number counted in a worship service or volunteer activity represents a face, a name, a story, a life in need of transformation.
Leading a church can feel like one of the loneliest jobs in the world. Given the nature of your work in ministry, it may not feel like there are many people you can rely on for advice or who can understand what your life and work are really like. Before you know it, you’re alone and isolated in your ministry work and wondering if you’ve got what it takes.