5 Pillars of ANY New Ministry Project

If you are starting a new ministry project, if you’ll put in place these 5 essentials as you begin, your chances of success will increase.

5 Pillars

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 starting a new ministry role or are simply starting a new ministry project, if you’ll put in place these 5 essentials as you begin, your chances of success will increase.

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 Pillars of ANY New Ministry Project

  • Awareness. A critical mass of people aware of the need for change.

  • Diagnosis. You know what needs to be changed and why.

  • Vision. You have a compelling vision and a solid strategy.

  • Plan. You have the expertise to put together a detailed plan.

  • Support. You have developed a sufficiently strong group of supporters to implement your plan.

So the next time you plan a new ministry project, consider these 5 pillars.

What other pillars would you add?

 

This article on starting a new ministry project originally appeared here, and is used by permission.

Charles Stone is the pastor of West Park Church in Canada. Charles is passionate about the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and Biblical truth. Charles is the author of numerous articles and a handful of books, including Holy Noticing. He and his wife have three adult children and two grandchildren.