i.g.n.i.t.e. your ministry projects with practical competencies
Old ministry paradigms stopped working decades ago, with the advent of the digital world in which we live now. Most of the spiritual leaders acknowledge the veracity of this statement because they have personally experienced it; further, statistics clearly indicate that the digital age brought in its wake an inevitable disruption that had an impact on not only churches, but all industries. Many brick and mortar establishments, which were once believed to have a permanent existence, have disappeared for good because of the digital revolution.
Over the last few decades, the impact of this disruption on religious organizations has been particularly disastrous. Many, or most, congregations cannot afford a full-time pastor. From being open less-than-full-time, they are heading toward closure and the sale of church buildings. Further, many churches are trying their best to find enough money to just stay open.
How can a church become resilient enough to mobilize its ministry, break through the barriers it faces, and overcome disruption when confronted with the uncharted territory of the digital age?How can a church become an inviting and welcoming congregation that instills a feeling of belonging in, and is wide open to, its community? How can it thrive in the digital culture? How can a congregation equip its leadership with practical competencies so that they operate a ministry that has an impact on people’s lives despite all the negative statistics?
This journey requires a different approach that we call disruptive ministry innovation. The following steps, captured by the acronym I.G.N.I.T.E., show how a disruptive ministry can be ignited via the Minimum Viable Ministry (MVM):
- identify underserved needs in your community by deep listening
- grab your micro community for the selected keywords that represent your core values
- narrow down your ministry value proposition to reflect your community missional edges
- implement your MVM
- specify your MVM
- cre1ate your MVM platform by adding practical competencies
- train your project team by including community connectors as co-leaders
- enlist early adopters for your MVM to create a micro-community
The tipping point in ministry growth is no longer its size, but the cultural competencies it uses to enlist early-adopters from its communities, thrive in the digital culture, and eventually grow with them into a faith community. The practical competencies that help congregations grow beyond the tipping point into viral development can be grouped into three areas called three leading edges of disruptive ministry innovation:
Three leading edges of disruptive ministry innovation
- Competitive Edge: the efficiency & effectiveness of your ministry’s operating system
- Cultural Edge: digital transformation to become an inviting and welcoming church amidst the digital culture
- Community Edge: disruptive community development for your church to grow within your community by breaking through barriers
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