What Does Your Congregation Need?

by myvanewchurch on December 15, 2011

If you’re a pastor, you may be thinking in terms of what your congregation needs in a good sermon, like more depth of theological understanding, or a more dynamic sermon.

If you’re the music minister, worship leader . . . whatever your title is in that scope of ministry . . . you may be thinking in terms of better solos, more inspirational choruses or greater classical anthems during the offertory.

Age group ministers could be brainstorming how to have a bigger, better event.  Possibly a bigger youth retreat.  Maybe a children’s activity that would get the attention of the community and attract unchurched families.

Just what does your congregation need?  Think about this question in terms of the entire church body . . . adults, teens, children, seniors, singles, everybody . . . and approach their needs as a group.

So, how can you go about finding what they need?

  • In House Survey — Do a survey among congregants over a 3 week period.  Give several options for them to choose from along with an “Other” area where they can add their own thoughts.
  • On Line Survey — Use the e-mail addresses you’ve collected and ask for your members to respond to an e-mail survey.
  • Ad Hoc Committee — Form a committee of church “pillars” and less involved members, extremes of involvement, to explore possible needs that will give direction to the church’s ministry.
  • Talk to Ministers at Other Churches — Their congregation’s needs will differ, and at the same time, their responses may broaden your scope of possibilities.
  • Staff Brainstorming — Plan a staff retreat and give them a heads-up before hand on the topic to be discussed.  Spend the retreat brainstorming possible needs to address as an umbrella direction for all areas of ministry.
  • Listen — Sometimes we get so busy telling people what to believe and what the Bible says that we forget to just listen to what people are saying to us.

Obviously, most important is our need to listen to God.  His direction will be the key to any method of zeroing in on what your church needs.

     Well-planned church ministries reflect unity. There is a variety of gifts. But these gifts are to be exercised and used in ways which are complementary, not competitive. Our diversity of gifts can be magnified in power when expressed in planned unity—not uniformity—unity!
The various tasks of a church need to be planned to be supportive of one another.*

Can you find the one need that will direct you and/or your staff to resolve all concerns?  That would be an unrealistic expectation!  However, if all areas of ministry are working in the same direction to meet the primary need(s) of the congregation, there will be an increased likelihood of finding success by God’s measurement.

    Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. — 2 Corinthians 13:11

Whatchathink about this? Are you pausing to listen . . . to God and then to the membership so you know you’re leading them in the right direction?

Ready to move forward in your ministry but find yourself stuck?  Give me a call now at 225-773-8883 or message me on the Let Me Hear From You page.  I will work with you to break the “log jam” and get your ministry flowing again!

*Tidwell, C. (1985). Church Administration: Effective Leadership for Ministry (93). Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group.

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