Key Factors of Transformational Ministry?
Congregations with growing and dynamic ministries almost always have a sense of purpose. This is not just a task to do or centered in the survival of the congregation. It is grounded in a way of being with and before God which owns the call of Christ to live out of the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. A vibrant congregation sees these as the purpose of the whole church and finds ways to apply them to the local context in which they find themselves. The Proverb, “where there is no vision the people parish” is a reality for vibrant congregations.
2. Willingness to Change
Congregations which naturally resist change will invariably struggle to renew and become vibrant again. Only those who see God’s renewing purpose as creating the possibility that everything is up for grabs are situated in a position to pursue the adventure of transformation. Those ministries which do the best seem able to be so convinced that their God given purpose is important that they are willing to change whatever it takes to get the job done. Such an attitude is not about a task or technique. It is a state of mind and spirit and a way of being God’s people in mission.
Because systems move only with direction, leadership is a key component. From Moses to David to Jesus Christ himself, God has used leaders to change people. A congregation is unlikely to change from a stagnant or declining state into a vibrant one without good leadership. This leadership is best exhibited in the development of a team. While an individual person (generally the pastor) can move a system, the inclusion of skilled, committed and equipped lay leadership from the beginning will result in more change, more ownership of the outcomes by the whole congregation, and a wider range of gifts being utilitzed for leadership.