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Planning Ahead for Your Ministry

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This week’s ministry briefing will help you plan ahead for your ministry and pose some tough questions every church leader needs to consider. For starters, how are you prepared to handle the debt concerns of your congregation? This is both an important opportunity for ministry and a key aspect of strategic planning for the longevity of your ministry.

The current trends are not encouraging for about half of Americans who are stuck with stagnant wages or remain unable to save due to credit card debt. This means you have an ideal opportunity to both serve a key need in your community with financial management classes and teachings on stewardship as part of discipleship. Your church could have the shared benefits of a more financially stable membership and a healthy stewardship culture that trusts God’s provisions.

Another key piece of planning that is perhaps more urgent for most pastors will be the Easter Sunday service that is likely to draw many new visitors with either a limited church background or none at all. Besides the need to focus on sermon prep, Easter is a key time of year to plan outreach events and to address key needs in your church facility.

Whether you assign specific tasks to your staff or empower a team of volunteers, review the ways that your church can most effectively minister to community members during this season. This is also a key time to place a press release in the local paper about your service times and to review your use of social media to communicate service times and to invite new visitors.

On a related note, the story of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) founder Don McClanen in this week’s Ministry Briefing reminds us that outreach and social justice do not need to be mutually exclusive. While McClanen disagreed with the leadership of FCA over the almost exclusive emphasis on personal evangelism, he and the leaders eventually reconciled. His story reminds us that ministries can meet vital needs in their communities and share the message of the Gospel. The former may often lead to the latter.

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