Christian Unity
Dismantling Ministry Silos in the Small Church
In a small church, silos are less about separation by departments or buildings and more about personalities and emotions.
Silos are like weeds. We don't plant them, but they grow anyway.

Silos are like weeds. We don't plant them, but they grow anyway. It is rare to find churches or businesses that don't have them. But for those that don't, it's not because they are lucky or fortunate. It's because the leadership has worked like crazy to keep silos from developing. It requires constant communication, strong leadership and people who are more concerned about the overall mission of the church than their departmental goals.

But that's not the only place where small churches need to fight solos. It's not even the hardest to overcome.

2. Ministry Silos Between Churches

Lack of cooperation between churches may be #1 reason why small churches don't see their true value and aren't as effective as we should be. We're not working together.

Yes, big churches need to work together, too. We all do. But, because of our limited resources, it's critical for small churches to tear down the silo walls between churches and work together to advance the kingdom of God.

For some churches, especially those whose pastors are bivocational or those in rural settings, there are some very real walls of time and geography that make it harder to connect with other churches. But in my experience, those pastors tend to be more aware of their need for connection. They'll often take time off of work to travel very long distances for fellowship meetings where they can work and strategize with each other.

But in dense, highly-populated areas like where I live, pastors who work full time and live within a mile or two of each other often have no relationships at all. Instead of cooperating, we eye each other with suspicion and jealousy – if we notice each other at all.

This has to stop. We need each other. And our communities, cities and towns need us working together.

"Pastor (Insert Your Name Here) Tear Down Those Silos!"

I feel like the church needs our version or Ronald Reagan to stand on our ministry silo walls and demand that we tear them down.

Maybe this post is my very modest version of that.

Tearing down ministry silos is not an option. Your church needs it to be healthy. The church needs it for the same reasons.

Jesus never used the word "silo" but, as always, he said it best when he told us "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

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June 02, 2015 at 6:25 AM

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