Getting Unstuck From Ministry Muddle

godvertiser —  2010/08/23 — Leave a comment

For many churches, the calendar is driven by the academic year because the ministry has many families with kids involved.  And if that’s the case, we’re right at the point where you’ll be rewind the clock and “start over” with your ministry programming this fall.

Aside from the Sunday School and youth ministries, the other parts of the church might also be preparing for a new small group season or new lay leadership team installations, or new . . .

It might all be “new” but at the same time, it can quickly become “old” and repetitive…just the same old thing over and over again year in and year out!


I don’t know about you, but when this happens it can quickly lead to paralysis and lifeless leadership on my own part.

But what can you do about it? Well, just sitting there and playing along isn’t going to solve anything!

Here’s some tips — eye-opening ways of approaching your “job” as a pastor or ministry leader to help “unstick” what’s “stuck” for you right now:

  • Change the WHAT: That’s right, change what you’re working on.  Look to exchange responsibilities, either whole or parts of specific projects /programs you have taken on in the past.  If your team has the bandwidth you might want to lighten your load a bit this upcoming season to give you more margin — for renewal.  Or sometimes the opposite can have a pleasant effect; taking on new projects that you aren’t on your current roster of duties can help spark entrepreneurial zeal that can spill over to the rest of your work.
  • Change the WHO: Churches are built upon relationships, and mixing up your “regular” stable of relationships can bring new conversations and ideas that refresh and renew.  Inviting new lay members to join and support your team can insert a change in quality of interactions for you.  Or have you been mentoring enough?  Why not carve out some time to invest in a peer or younger member of your circle of people?
  • Change the WHERE & WHEN: Environmental factors play a huge role in how your perceive things.  When and where you do your work matters! Examine your routine and see if you can relocate where you do somethings regularly.  For example, where do you hold your phone calls?  Find non-time-sensitive activities and try intentionally scheduling them in a different part of the day or week.
  • Change the WHY: Most of the time, we lump everything in our job together and make one big feelings judgment for or against it.  Have you ever been stuck in a rut where you just dread going to work in the morning, but after you get there, you might find parts of your day filled with purpose and energy?  If you carefully analyze what parts of your job you are doing because you have to, and others where you enjoy doing them, it is easier to re-approach your work with a healthier attitude.


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