How to wreck your ministry…it’s easier than you think

Ben Reed —  April 4, 2013 — 8 Comments

Nobody wants to wreck their ministry. Nobody.

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Everybody wants to be a part of a church (or non-profit) that is flourishing. Everybody that steps into ministry wants to be a part of an organization that helps others grow, and take courageous steps of faith. I’ve never met someone who said, “Gee, I’d sure like to ruin some innocent people’s lives today at my church. Let’s get after it!”

But the truth is that wrecking your ministry, and the ministry of others, is easier than you think. Typically, through a series of poor decisions (or a lack of intentionality), a slippery slope leads you quickly to a rocky, muddy ditch.

The good news, though, is that with intentionality, flourishing in ministry is possible.

How to wreck your ministry

Obvious:

  • Have an affair
  • Kill someone
  • Quit praying
  • Develop an illegal addiction

Not so obvious:

Anything you’d add?
 

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Christ follower, husband, father, writer, pastor of small groups at Long Hollow Baptist Church. Communications director for the Small Group Network.
  • Mpalomaki

    1. Foster cliques within you staff and volunteers.
    2. Letting big $ donors to the cause have more input than others.

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Those are great additions, Matt. Couldn’t agree more.

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  • Eryll

    1. Avoid conflict at all costs.

    2. Show favoritism by praising one specific ministry all the time, especially from the pulpit.

    3. Keep nursing Theory X assumptions about your congregation.

    • http://www.benreed.net benlreed

      Yes! Good adds…love it!

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Nice additions. Love those.

  • http://www.jasonvana.com Jason Vana

    Delegate only tasks (tell people what to do) and not authority ( give people the opportunity to truly lead).

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Yes!