A Model for Effective Ministry

Effective ministries are typically built on three primary dimensions

Based on our 43 years of experience working with churches to develop and grow children’s ministries, LOGOS has observed that most of the truly effective ones share characteristics in three key areas:

• Purposeful The congregation demonstrates a clear understanding of why the ministry is “right” for the church and how it is intended to support the church’s broader mission. The ministry is driven by a strategic vision.

• Practical
The congregation has an effective plan and approach for implementing and sustaining the ministry, and has assembled the resources necessary to support it.

• Productive The ministry is focused on achieving results that fulfill the vision, meet the objectives, and support the congregation’s intent.

Within each of these dimensions, LOGOS has developed specific criteria that can be used to facilitate ministry planning and development, and to guide problem solving. We have found that effective ministry does not just happen…it takes the focused intentions of a congregation.

Is your children’s ministry positioned to be effective? How does it rate on these three criteria?

4 Responses to A Model for Effective Ministry

  1. CAGirl says:

    This is a simplified way to measure my own ministry initiatives, not to mention my own personal goals: Purposeful, Practical, Productive. If things I am doing don’t meet these criteria, why am I doing them?

  2. TM says:

    I was just reading something from Rick Warren about this. In reference to Proberbs 4:26 which says, ” Know where you are headed and you will stay on solid ground”, Rick Warren said, “Writing down your purposes on paper will force you to think specifically about the path of your life.” As I think about that, I agree, knowing your pupose and having a practical plan to achieve it helps to bring about the productivity or goals that are set. I once asked a family who felt like they had no time in their lives how they planned their time as a family and they looked at me totally confused. They lived one day at a time and had never even considered making long range plans for time. Warren also indicates that when we spell out what we plan to do with our time, money and life it also implies what we aren’t going to do. As CAgirl says, this is good not only for ministry but for our personal and family life as well.

  3. greg says:

    At this time in the history of the church, we need to be intentional and maintain a sharp focus on those things that will help to ensure the relevance of the church in the society…as a means to reaching new believers in the post-modern culture.

  4. Chris W says:

    Being one of the pastors of the church where my kids are in a ministry using LOGOS, I find myself more attuned to asking, “What are my expectations of my kids biblical worldview and how should they practically be living that out?”

    These two questions encompass both the practical and the productive components. The practical is the what and the productive is the how. I don’t want to be satisfied with calling it a “successful” children’s ministry without defining the what and the how.

    The measurement of that is much more difficult. It will take a greater degree of discipline, but the results will be more in line with the ultimate purpose.

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