Are the boards, committees, or ministry teams at your church lifeless, organizational entities rather than life-giving organisms? — Then they need focus.
Do they get so consumed in the task at hand or their sphere of ministry that they fail to see the big picture? — Then they need focus.
Does what happens in meetings seem to be a mechanical spinning of wheels without much of anything getting done? — Then they need focus.
What Do Boards, Committees, and Ministry Teams Need to Focus On?
Boards, committees, and ministry teams need to get and maintain the focus that comes from remembering Jesus’ commission to go and make disciples. He did not say:
go and construct or maintain fabulous facilities
go and develop wonderful programs
go and organize every little detail
To be sure, in making disciples we might need a place to meet, programs that facilitate discipleship, and some organization and coordination that help bring excellence into what we do. And, boards, committees, and ministry teams can help to provide that. However, those particulars are not the end but rather a means to a greater end — that of making disciples who love God so much they seek to obey everything He commands.
If we keep the focus on discipleship, our board, committee, or ministry team meetings become more ministry-oriented and purposeful. As a result, they are more life-giving and lead to a bigger picture. Their objective is ministry, not merely brainstorming great ideas, formulating strategies, developing policies, etc.
What It Means for Boards, Committees, and Ministry Teams to Focus on the Great Commission:
Putting the focus on the Great Commission doesn’t mean all boards, committees, and ministry teams center themselves around evangelism. People coming into a saving knowledge is just one part of discipleship. Shepherding those who get saved is also part of Jesus’ mission as we are to teach the disciples to line up with Him and obey all He has commanded. Consequently there is an aspect of the Great Commission that directly and indirectly becomes part of every church ministry.
Putting the focus on the Great Commission means that boards, committees, and ministry teams must stop and think about how what they do affects people and their relationship with the Lord. Will their decisions and plans promote a good testimony to those in the community who do not know the Lord? Will their strategies make a positive and impacting difference in encouraging and building up those who do know the Lord?
When the focus of boards, committees, and ministry teams is on ministry, specifically discipleship, their time cannot be spent merely oiling the machinery of church life or adding another layer of red tape to accomplishing true ministry, or perpetuating an outdated, ineffective program. Discipleship demands a fluidity, progress, and growth which involves constant change and flexibility in order to meet needs.