This is not new to me, but to some of you it may be. Andy Stanley from North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA has a book about these if you’re interested.
The Seven Practices of Effective Ministry
Practice #1 – Clarify The Win
Even the best team can’t score if it can’t find home plate. Establish what your church will celebrate.
Practice #2 – Think Steps, Not Programs
Before you start anything, make sure it takes you where you want to go. What is my next step?, no, what program can I go to.
Practice #3 – Narrow The Focus
The longer a ministry operates, the more complex it becomes. Simplify, simplify, simplify!
Practice #4 – Teach Less For More
People are bombarded by thousands of messages every week. Make sure you teach important the most things and keep teaching them over and over in different ways.
Practice #5 – Listen To Outsiders
Why don’t the unchurched people in your area go to church? Find out!
Practice #6 – Replace Yourself
We are all replaced eventually. The wisest leaders will extend their influence by finding and mentoring their replacements.
Practice #7 – Work On It
All of us work in ministry every day, but is that enough? Working on your ministry requires time to evaluate your work and to celebrate your wins.