Innovative Ministry
How to De-Clutter Your Church for More Effective Ministry
The healthiest churches are relentless about being effective, not just busy. They do this by following the Closet Rule.

Change Gets Easier

The Closet Rule is not always easy to implement. And it won’t happen overnight. But it, or something like it, must happen.

Once you start it, this process becomes a part of the church DNA. People who used to resist change can learn to appreciate that church ministries must be assessed and renewed in order to be effective.

After the initial shock of losing some ministries that people are emotionally invested in, most people will be grateful when they realize that their time and energy have greater impact now. Their efforts are being respected because they’re being effective. What they do, matters.

How Does a Closet Grow?

As a church gets healthier, it’s like getting a larger closet. Leadership training grows the closet, too. The same goes for devising more efficient systems, upgrading the facility and more.

Anything that allows us to do more ministry without adding more burden to the leadership and congregation is like getting a larger closet.

Ministries can become more effective without overburdening people’s wallets and schedules. When that happens, some new ministries can be added without old ones being lost. But that should be done carefully. Clutter has a mind of its own and we must always be wary of it.

Renewing ministries is not about Old vs. New, or Big vs. Small. It’s about Effective vs. Ineffective.

But, more than anything else, I hope you’ll remember this. Renewing ministries is not about Old vs. New, or Big vs. Small. It’s about Effective vs. Ineffective.

In the battle for the hearts, minds and spirits of people, we must always be on the side of effectiveness.

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