A primary focus of my coaching through the 95network is helping congregations determine their unique calling. Too often, churches are doing ministry without long-term direction or purpose. They move from program to program, dream to dream, and service to service with little traction or lasting fruit. If a church does not have a clear direction or plan that emerges from God’s specific calling on their congregation, they look like an octopus on rollerblades – all kinds of activities and programs moving in different directions with no forward momentum.
Brian Russell, a Richwoods attendee and participant in one of my coaching pods, recently shared a list created by Tony Morgan called, “10 Advantages of Doing Ministry without a Plan.” I liked it so much I decided to share it on my blog this week. Enjoy…
1. You give the loudest person the opportunity to decide what happens at your church.
2. Sharp leaders who are accustomed to serving in organizations with clearly defined plans for future growth won’t stick around your church. That means more church for you!
3. You’ll get to hone your debating skills as people argue about what to do next.
4. More meetings! Where there’s no strategy, the meetings flourish.
5. Some people call them church splits. We like to call them church plants. More mother churches!
6. You don’t have to worry about celebrating success because no one even knows what success looks like. It’s just better to keep that a mystery.
7. Rather than trying to discern God’s will for your ministry, you can just rely on dumb luck.
8. You don’t have to pray as much because there’s nothing to pray for. As an added bonus, that means you don’t have to develop as much faith either—whatever happens…happens.
9. You can count the offering a lot faster because people will save their financial gifts for organizations that actually have a plan for the money they receive.
10. Your lack of ministry strategy, which is a ministry strategy, will do just fine in Nothing, Arizona.
Thanks, Brian, for this awesome list. Can any of you think of additional advantages of doing ministry without a plan?