When to Discontinue a Ministry

April 2, 2019
Episode #524
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Churches and church leaders often struggle to know when to discontinue a ministry or to pivot to something else. Today, we discuss how to process the decision to discontinue a ministry in your church.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • The culture of a church shifts when you don’t have an outward focus.
  • Sometimes things in a church would actually be better if a certain ministry or two were to end.
  • Churches have three big resources for ministry: time, money, and people. And you have to steward in the best possible way.
  • Sometimes ministries in a church absolutely need to be discontinued.

The nine considerations we discuss are:

  1. Proceed carefully
  2. Consider natural death
  3. The problem of detoured resources
  4. The issue of the tail wagging the dog
  5. The challenge of divisiveness
  6. When pet projects become pet peeves
  7. The simple church conundrum
  8. Discontinuation often requires courage
  9. Follow change leadership principles

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

Rainer on Leadership is a member of the LifeWay Leadership Podcast Network


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