6 Catalysts for a Deeper Ministry Experience

Last week I talked about casting a compelling vision and as an example I walked through our vision as a church for the upcoming year. Our goal is to go deeper. Now, I know that seems vague and can mean a million things, but today I want to give you the specifics of how we intend to do this.

This is the teaching I gave to our team at our All Staff Meeting last week. We talked about how we intend to take our church deeper in the upcoming year. I gave Six Catalysts for a Deeper Faith Experience at My Victory.

6 Catalysts for a Deeper Ministry Experience:

  1. Personal _____________________. Questions for Reflection: How do we most effectively provide personal ministry to individuals in a corporate setting without getting weird? How do we provide personal ministry without it becoming so routine it becomes religious? What can we do to measure our progress in this area?

  2. Practical _____________________. Questions for Reflection: What do we want them to know? What do we want them to do? Why do we want them to know it? Why do we want them to do it? What can we do to help them remember? What can we do to create next steps? What can we do to measure our progress in this area?

  3. Pivotal _____________________. Questions for Reflection: How do we most effectively capture life change? How do we celebrate pivotal life events? baptism? baby dedication? newlyweds? communion? What can we do to measure our progress in this area?

  4. Providential _____________________. Questions for Reflection: Do we connect people quickly and keep them connected? Do we have easy, obvious steps into community? Is it easy of nonbelievers to find their places? What can we do programmatically to create more relational connection opportunities? What can we do to measure our progress in this area?

  5. Private _____________________. Questions for Reflection: At what age do we begin teaching the importance of private spiritual disciplines? How and how often is this value reinforced with our students? What devotional and personal Bible study resources do we make available, and how accessible are they? When is the last time we did a weekend series on the spiritual disciplines? How could we use the weekend to reinforce this value on a regular basis? What could you do to prioritize this in the mix of everything else you are doing? Are spiritual disciplines a priority in your life? What can we do to measure our progress in this area?

  6. Paternal _____________________. Questions for Reflection: How easy is it for new people and nonmembers to get involved in our ministry? Does our approach to equipping and training keep people out of ministry environments longer than necessary? Are there steps we could shorten or eliminate altogether? Are there areas where nonbelievers could be encouraged to serve? What can we do to measure our progress in this area?

Our bottom line: We’re in it for the  _____________________.

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