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9 things you should know about the people that join your church?
In 30 years of ministry, I have observed that many churches really do not know the make-up of their church membership. Who have the skills, talents and abilities that are needed to engage your local community and provide ministry to others?
Jesus knew his disciples and called them by name. He personally called them to join him, in his ministry. He promised that if they would follow him, he would make them successful in the work they would be undertaking. “I will make you fishers of men. “
Jesus did not equivocate he was completely direct.
“I will make you … “
Can we as Church Leaders do the same?
In any given church, there are dozens of Leadership roles and many more Ministry Opportunities that need to be staffed with competent people. From visitation team to teachers, from outreach teams to hospital visitation teams and many more, do you feel confident to ask your church members to take on a difficult task and know that they will be successful?
Have you taken the time to get to know each person in your membership well enough to assign them or ask them, to volunteer for sensitive and delicate ministry tasks?
Church Leaders must get to know their membership before they enlist them for work in the local church ministry.
9 things you should know about the people that join your church:
If you could learn all this about your new members and begin a process of discovery with your current membership would you be interested? A new online tool will provide churches with 9 tools that give you more information on which to act when involving people in ministry.
The Ministry Profiles Assessment Application can provide you with these tools.
First are 5 Assessments
Passions - we identify a total of 303 passions. These are real passion that people care about. They are not on the surface all church related.
Skills - we identify 256 skills commonly used in business and work setting. Would it ever be helpful to know who in your church have carpentry skills, nursing, Office management, graphics etc?
Vocational background - choose from 325 jobs and trades
Spiritual Gifts - Each church can choose from 7, 9, 16, 20 or 23 Gift List.
DISC Personality Profile - This test is used in many business and church assessment sites. It is included in your membership fee at no additional charge.
Second there are 5 Inventories that will give a real insight into what your new members and congregation knows how to do.
Languages - Many of our members know languages other than English. What ministry could you undertake in your community if you had a pool of members that can speak in a language to ethnic groups to whom you want to minister?
Licenses - Do you have Barbers, Attorneys, Counselors, Insurance Agents or others in your membership. We list over 50 licenses that can bring needed skills to your church as you develop new ministry opportunities.
Talents - Do you have people that play and instrument or did play and instrument in High School. We list every orchestral instrument as well as all vocal ranges and levels of experience. Your Music Ministry can grow in many ways if you just knew your people.
Educational Experience - have your new members taught in Public, Private or Collegiate settings? Have they taught in a previous church of church school? If your church has ever struggled finding teachers for your Sunday School, AWANA's or other age groups you will now have a whole new set of leaders that have valuable experience.
Ministry Experience - This inventory will identify both Paid and Volunteer experience.
Assessments are available as an annual Church License.
Licenses are based on the “Active Attendees” in your church. You do not pay based on membership.
If you have 350 people on average that attend your church that is the number on which your license is based.
Only $5 per attendee is your annual commitment.
You get a full report on each member that completes the assessments and inventories.
You can see what ministries your members are a good match.
Each Member’s answers are cross-referenced to a database of 275 Ministry Opportunities.
Search on any Gift, Skill, Passion or Vocation and view a complete list of church members that match your query.
These test and assessments are available online at Ministryprofiles.com or in print form from our bookstore.
The five reasons listed by Dr. Ranier are a good starting place but the next four reasons will call on your Church to focus on the real purpose of being called a Christian – “Doing Ministry”. The Great Commission was not given to the church or any one church and it was definitely not given to any one organization… It was given to the followers of Christ. Jesus intended his commission to call to his followers and to empower them to go into the world and make a difference and make disciples.
The Church has actually never made a disciple; instead it has been the People in the Church.
If we believe, it is people that do ministry and not the Church we need to address members.
Why do members get burned out?
1. Members have either not received a “Call” to a ministry or have not followed through on the call they have received. If you talk to people who are not serving in any ministry position in your church the common answer for “Why are you not serving?” is “I don’t know what to do,” or “no one has asked me to serve.” Unfortunately, most Pastors and Ministers do not know what you are called to either.
2. Members burn out because they either do not believe in, or have a passion for, the ministry or task they are performing in your church. As the Church, the organization, we have a responsibility to lead members into using the passions they have in serving God. Why did Jesus tell Peter, James and John that he wanted to make them fishers of men? Because they loved fishing, they were passionate about it. Notice that Jesus never called any of his disciples to do ministry that they were not passionate about or in which they were not skilled.
3. Give people freedom to minister. Too often, I find people doing the work the Pastor or Missions committee believes in but the church body does not share the same level of commitment. Why is that? Is it lack of leadership or a desire for too much control? Should we be afraid of letting our members do the ministry to which they have been called? When Jesus sent the 72 disciples out in Luke 10 he did not limit them in any way. He taught them and then empowered them to do ministry. He trusted them to do what the Spirit led them to do.
4. People get burned out and drop out when they are serving in a ministry for which they are poorly prepared. Have you had the experience of getting people to fill a slot because you have to have so many people on a committee or in a ministry role but knowing they did not have any skills or desire necessary to be successful in that ministry position? If you have been in ministry long, you must have seen this in your churches.
Dr. Ranier is correct when he points out that some churches need to get rid of outdated programs or ministries that no longer are viable. With such limited resources, the Church must define itself and pour resources into productive efforts and ministries.
So how do we find the workers to carry out these ministries? The answer if not as hard as we try to make it. Business has known for a long time your best employees are those that believe in the product or service they make or sell and have a passion for what they build, sell or produce. Employees that are informed of the goals of the company and the benefit for reaching that goal are also the best producing employees and finally, employees that are trained or have a history in the area of work are also the best employees.
So the question is, why don’t we learn these lessons and apply them to the work of ministry?
Some churches have tried to use Spiritual Gifts Inventories to give members a look into their spiritual makeup and help them as they seek out ministry opportunities. Many churches find these frustrating because after the assessment there is no means of guiding a person to a ministry that matches their gifts.
Passions inventories are much the same. Either the passions are too limited and do not truly reflect the person and the life issues about which they are truly passionate.
Can you name the people in your church that are passionate about Facebook, Twitter or Linked in? How would you use these passions in performing ministry and missions? Who is passionate about cooking, writing, singing, sewing or any other activity that are people engage themselves? Again, the traditional assessments do not measure these passions or assist the Pastor or Church in guiding people to a real ministry opportunity.
New software can now be utilized by the church organization that provides insight and guidance for church ministers to help members find an appropriate area of service.
AIM can identify a person’s Passions from a list of 202 unique activities http://aiministry.com/passions
Spiritual Gifts Inventories based on 7, 9, 16, 20 or 23 gifts (your choice) http://aiministry.com/spiritual-gifts-definitions
156 Skills in 9 categories clearly identify what your church member know and how they work in your organization. http://aiministry.com/skills-definitions
291 Vocations and job history complete the assessments. http://aiministry.com/vocation
The most exciting feature of this software is the ability to generate a Ministry Profile that actually searched a database of 275 ministry opportunities and determines the best matches for an individual.
Now, does this mean you have to have all these ministries? NO! but, you now have a tool that gives you tremendous insight into your members and what they are Equipped for, Skilled in, Passionate about and Gifted. This has never been available before but churches that can define their mission and equip their opportunities with members that are Skilled, Passionate, Gifted and prepared through past vocations, will see volunteers that will have fewer people dropping out due to burn out.