Question: If someone wants to start a new ministry, how do you know if he or she is qualified and if it’s strategic for your church?
First, you need to make sure you have a clear vision for your church. Have you and your leadership team identified your vision and mission statement in documented form? If you haven’t, now is a good time to create them along with a set of core values that can be your guidelines for any ministry that operates within your current structure and for any new ministry proposal.
After the person has looked over your vision, mission statement, and core values, ask him or her to fill out the New Ministry Profile (below). Once he or she completes it, look for the following criteria.
- Have they presented a clearly articulated purpose for the new ministry?
- Is there a current need in your church or community that will be filled by this ministry?
- Does the person or team have the tactical skills and knowledge needed to accomplish this ministry?
- Do the person’s spiritual gifts, abilities, and skills match what’s needed to lead this ministry?
- Has the person identified other people in the congregation who will partner with them in the ministry?
New Ministry Profile
After looking over the vision, mission statement, and core values of our church, please complete the following questions regarding the ministry you’d like to start.
- Do you understand the vision of our church, and do you believe this ministry will help expand that vision?
- What is the purpose of the ministry and/or mission statement of the ministry?
- Who is your target group?
- Will you need any resources from the church to get started?
- How has God equipped and prepared you for this ministry? What is your background and knowledge in this area of ministry?
- What are your spiritual gifts, abilities, and skills, and how will they help you in this particular ministry?
- Do you know other people who have a passion for this area of ministry that may want to join you?