Many are the methods, paradigms, systems, and techniques for doing ministry at church. These are important and necessary. But what is often overlooked is the culture that develops around these methods and techniques as they are implemented in a church.
A powerful ministry culture is just as important. It cannot be overlooked and one should be intentional about developing one that matches the values, mission, and vision of the church.
Culture of Ministry Leadership
As is often said, culture eats plans for lunch. So as one is developing plans for ministry it is imperative that a plan be put in place that will develop the ministry and ministry leadership culture that you seek. You cannot leave it to chance. You must be intentional and explicit.
The culture I have developed for my ministry leaders and volunteers is called GEAR UP. I intentionally use an easy to remember acronym because I want all my volunteers to know it, understand it, produce it, and be able to pass it on to others.
G- Give Them What The Need
Ministry leaders and volunteers need the resources and the tools they need to do the work of ministry. But the need is much more than jus that.
They need a culture that provides….
- Humble servant leadership
- A powerful vision
- Meaningful goals (leadership, ministry, and spiritual development)
E- Equip and Empower
Every minister is a learner.
Ministry leaders and volunteers need to be equipped through a culture that provides coaching, leadership development, spiritual development, and encouragement to be as successful as possible.
Equip: Provide training in bite size-easy to understand-not overwhelming-not complicated-pieces.
Create a culture that equips and trains volunteers so they can do more and more.
Empower: Create a culture a where people are released to lead.
Provide as much access as possible to data, programs, materials, etc. Empower them to own the ministry and to develop their own processes, procedures, and methods for achieving results.
Create a culture that believes all ministry leaders and volunteers deserve to be affirmed, recognized, and thanked for their service to the body.
Part of affirming people is having fun with them. Create a culture of fun.
R-Review and Reflect On Results
Create a culture where results are reviewed and reflected on. Help volunteers to see how important the results of their ministry is to the church.
Create a culture that sees mistakes as “learning opportunities” and a chance to get better.
Create a culture that takes time to reflect on processes, procedures, and results with an eye to getting better.
Create a culture that allows volunteers and ministry leaders to make the decisions on how to get better and improve as they are coached in areas that need improvement.
U- Unified Around The Purposes
Create a culture in which all volunteers and ministry leaders understand their role in supporting the church and its purposes. Create a culture that is laser focused on doing what needs to be done to achieve the vision and mission of the church…its purpose. This builds confidence that volunteers and ministry leaders are doing the right things and not second guessing their efforts.
P- Prayer & Proper Perspective
Create a culture that prays.
Create a ministry culture that keeps things in perspective. Volunteers and ministry leaders must always keep in mind that the church belongs to Jesus and He can be trusted to build the church and ministry in His power and not in their strength.