Monday, June 20, 2011
Ministry Issues In A Small Church
2. Co-sponsoring a ministry. The day of the “lone ranger ministry” is over! Even a large single adult ministry needs to network with other ministries for expanding their vision, fellowship and large events. Small churches, especially in small towns, should consider joining together to sponsor an area-wide ministry to single adults. This will give a larger pool of adults to draw from to support the ministry. This breeds success, since single adults want to meet other single adults. Leaders may want to decide to host the regular weekly group at a neutral location, somewhere besides any of the church buildings. See chapter six of Reaching Single Adults-An Essential Guide for Ministry for other ideas.
When considering co-sponsorship, elements to resolve include:
• Finances - Issues regarding income, expenses, offerings, checking accounts etc will need to be resolved.
• Meeting days/times - Avoid days and times which conflict with major services/events of any of the sponsoring churches.
• Doctrine - Even though leaders of single adult ministries do not usually teach doctrine, pastors will want to have commonalities in this area.
• Promotion of sponsoring churches - Pastors may want to agree on how and when each church will be promoted.
• Leadership team - It would be wise, as much as possible, to have approximately equal numbers of individuals from each church on the leadership team.
3. The volunteer leader - Small churches are usually not able to hire even a part-time person to develop the ministry. A small church may have a volunteer leader, if at all. Large churches are usually more aware of the numbers of single and single-again people because of their larger church body and tend to have a staff pastor to oversee the ministry. Having a volunteer leader is certainly better than having none at all. The issues this person will have to deal with, however, include possible lack of time, training, resources, finances, networking relationships etc.