How to Start a Ministry (From Scratch)

If you’ll put in place these 5 essentials as you begin, your chances of success will increase.

How to start a Ministry

I began as Lead Pastor at my current church, West Park Church in London, Ontario, four years ago. When I started I faced a steep learning curve. I not only needed to understand a new church culture, but a new country culture as well. So, I developed what I called my six month on-boarding plan to best discern what needed to be done early on. If you are wanting to know how to start a ministry, if you’ll put in place these five essentials as you begin, your chances of success will increase. In this post I state those five essentials.

A book that’s helped me create my plan and one that I recommend for pastors transitioning to a new church is The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, by Michael D. Watkins. He also has an iPhone app as well. The book is a must read. He suggests that before you implement a change, you must make sure you have these five supporting pillars in place.

5 Essentials of How to Start A Ministry:

  1. Awareness. A critical mass of people aware of the need for change.
  2. Diagnosis. You know what needs to be changed and why.
  3. Vision. You have a compelling vision and a solid strategy.
  4. Plan. You have the expertise to put together a detailed plan.
  5. Support. You have developed a sufficiently strong group of supporters to implement your plan.

So the next time you plan to start a new ministry initiate, consider these five pillars.

What other pillars would you add?

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Reference: Watkins, Michael D. (2013-04-23). The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter (Kindle Locations 1711-1715). Harvard Business Review Press. Kindle Edition

This article originally appeared here.

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Charles Stone
Dr. Charles Stone is the founder of StoneWell Ministries, a pastor coaching and church consulting ministry. He is the author of three books, inlcuding his latest: People Pleasing Pastors: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Approval Motivated Leadership (IVP).