“Why Redundant Ministries Can Harm Our Mission” – Kyle Ferguson

Good afternoon. I saw this post on The Gospel Coalition’s site today and it spoke to a concern I have personally about ministries and non-profits. First a quote from the article to set the stage:

“I recently had a similar experience while passing through the exhibition hall at a Christian conference, . . . I passed several displays of ministries attempting to raise financial and spiritual support for nearly identical endeavors: seminaries with similar theological commitments competing for the same students, missions organizations with parallel philosophies promoting similar projects to the same pool of potential participants, campus ministries with comparable mission statements and methodologies contending over the same body of students.

Such redundancy spreads thin the already limited resources available to Christian ministries and splinters members of the body of Christ that could accomplish more for the kingdom of God if they simply worked together. But this redundancy might be avoided if those starting new ministries would simply ask three key questions before they begin.”

Why do we, as Christians, continue to do this? Not only are we too often setting up redundant ministries, we often are actively competing with each other. I see this in the secular non-profit world as well. Somehow, it seems we think our particular twist or approach is somehow better or more “pure” than the others. Additionally, I have seen people not willing to work together because of some difference on esoteric point(s) of doctrine. That often smacks of pride to me or narcissism as pointed out in Pastor Ferguson’s article.

So here are Pastor Ferguson’s three questions that need to be asked:

1. Is this ministry even needed?

2. Is this ministry niche restrictive?

3. Is this ministry narcissistic?

So – are we, as Christians and organizational leaders, more interested in impacting the world for Christ or are we more interested in “doing our own thing”? Finally, Pastor Ferguson’s closing paragraph:

“As many ministry leaders across the globe realize, if they will examine their motives and mission fields, partnerships can abound, redundancies can be reduced, resources can be shared, and the kingdom of God can expand to the ends of the earth.”

I hope you have a blessed week!

“The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good” – a good warning for those in ministry and nonprofits

“The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good” – a good warning for those in ministry and nonprofits

“Many accounts of international charity work show the principals going from success to success. A just-published (Aug. 15) book, Peter Greer’s The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good (Bethany House, 2013, with Anna Haggard), is impressively different. Greer honestly shows the dangers of pride, burnout, disillusionment, and marital stress when we concentrate so hard on achieving a philanthropic objective that we run over people on the way.”

8 Qualities for Measuring Success

Measuring success in a non-profit / ministry is difficult at best as our “product” is a transformed life.  At Life Action, our Executive DIrector has listed eight qualities that he considers key for determining how we are doing.  These qualities are drawn from 1 Thessalonians.  He feels the degree that  our staff embodies these qualities is the degree that we can claim success.  Here they are:

1. Perseverance: Do we let tough times stop us or deter us from our mission?

2. Integrity: Do we minister with full transparency?

3. Motive: Do we concern ourselves most with what pleases God?

4. Love: Are we authentic in our care for and ministry to people?

5. Diligence: Do we work hard without being a burden to God’s people?

6. Gospel: Do we fully rely on the Word of God and the power of the Gospel?

7. Fruit: Is there the fruit of changed lives and are they sufficient reward for us?

8. Prayer: Do we serve with a spirit of thanksgiving and prayer?

Just some thoughts for you.