Believe it or not, it is that time of year for evaluating what you are going to be doing this fall. Deciding things like, “what are we going to change as a ministry, and what are we going to simply stop doing?” Some things in your ministry simply need to be tweaked; others need to be done away with. How do you know the difference? I believe these six questions will help you as you go into this decision-making season.
Where does this program lead?
Every program you do as a ministry should lead somewhere or to something. I think it is easiest to think about it in terms of, your worship services should lead to discipleship opportunities. It gets a lot trickier when you are talking about a Chili Cookoff. I do believe though that you must answer the question, and if the answer is, “I am not sure it leads to anything,” then it might be a good time to stop that program or event.
Who is this program intended for?
Many times we have programs that we say are for one group of people but those people never show up. If we are building a program for the community and want community involvement but the community never shows up, then I think we must take a hard look at that program. This means we have to start tracking who is coming and who is not. Then we can ask if it leads them anywhere like the above question.
How are we measuring success for this program?
I am amazed by how many ministry leaders tell me that they are doing programs today because they have always done that program. Just because the program was successful in 1990 doesn’t mean that it is successful today. A lot has changed since then, and if you can’t say what you are measuring for success then it might be a good time to tweak it greatly or stop it all together.