A Team Exercise in Defining, Measuring and Creating Positive Ministry Momentum
No matter where you are on the timeline of your ministry, you are subject to momentum. Hopefully you are experiencing a lot of forward, easily recognized momentum. You may be experiencing backwards momentum that is pushing against your best efforts. But you are definitely experiencing momentum in one of those two directions.
The first step is to identify “The Momentum Wave” and the direction it is travelling.
Take a few minutes with your team and talk about the current momentum in the ministry. Define the general sense of direction and movement as determined by the leadership team and those that the ministry serves.
- In what ways is our momentum moving us forward to where we want to be?
- In what ways is negative momentum pushing us away from where we want to be?
- What dynamics are currently in place that are affecting our momentum?
- What are the major forces causing positive and negative momentum in our ministry?
- In what ways do we generate the most positive momentum as indicated by results?
- Where will the momentum that we have today take us if left alone?
- What are we doing to sustain and maintain the positive momentum we have?
Then as you identify ingredients for positive momentum, begin writing down on a sheet of paper the dynamics of the ministry that cause the momentum to build positive force in the right direction.
Is it certain events, cultural dynamics, relationally driven, financially driven and so on? After you identify some key components that tend to usually push the momentum in the right direction, identify next steps to reinforce and duplicate those factors to begin to build new and increased momentum in the right direction.
After taking the team through this exercise globally, try looking at each ministry area individually an processing the information again.
What factors do you believe create and sustain positive ministry momentum?