Starting something new can be a boost to your ministry.
Many churches have experienced a freshness in doing new things during this COVID-19 season. For some, going online was an adaptation from scratch. For others, though they may have been well-versed in the digital world, they are now doing ministry solely through digital means.
Whether it’s a whole new ministry, a new idea, or simply a new component to help engage people, starting something new can really make an impact. Starting something new can:
As you think of new things, you’re going to boost creativity. People will be encouraged to learn new skills and new ways of doing things. As you talk together and try something unknown – whether it’s as simple as a new song or a whole new ministry – you’ll be inviting people to boost their creativity. Who knows what might come from it!
Something new will create momentum. It takes some energy to get new things off the ground. But new things also create a new sense of energy for your team and leaders.
Speaking of leaders, new things create new ministries and new needs for people to lead. One of the best ways to develop a leader is to allow them to take the reigns for an idea or initiative they have and let them lead. Often, leaders are developed as passion grows in them and opportunities arise where they can serve.
Utilize Other’s Gift
New things help utilize other’s gifts. There are lots of gifts in your church and in your team. If you’re feeling called to begin something new, there is someone in your midst who has the gifts that can be invested. They will become motivated by something they are part of getting off the ground.
How do you start something new?
Get down to the root of your ministry. “Why” are you serving in this ministry? Why do you lead in your church? Why are you doing what you’re doing?
When you begin with “why,” you get down to the nitty gritty, regaining clarity of when you began. What new things might emerge like they did when you first started?
The second way is to look for needs. Where are the needs you can meet? Out of this, new things are often born.
Don’t be afraid of failure, but jump in and do your best to think of something new now and then. It will benefit you, your team and whole church.
What have we started that is new?
In our worship ministry, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have started a new band structure each week, restructured our tech team and have services going live on Facebook, Youtube and our website.
In our church, we have begun something new called the Daily 416, a 15-minute devotion or worship time, led by staff and church leaders, designed to connect and encourage. Our pastor dreamed up this idea based on 2 Corinthians 4:16 and it’s been great! We’ve learned that though the content is important, consistency is just as important. People in our church have looked forward to this each afternoon.
Here are some other new things since this season began:
We’ve added Bandana Bracelets, a resource that normally is on our resource table during in-person and live special events, to online orders. We’ve sold more than 200 in the last couple of weeks to teachers, families and ministry leaders.
Get in the habit of starting something new in your ministry. What can you begin?