18) Your Ministry Has No Front Door
If everything you do is clearly designed for current members, then visitors will always be uncomfortable.
To grow, you need environments which exist for visitors.
If your members are excited about your ministry, they need somewhere to point friends so that they can connect with the church.
19) Your Ministry Has a Wide Open Back Door
Having lots of students come and visit is great, but if they simply disappear into the crowd and then out the backdoor, you’re not going to grow. Students need to stick to the group.
One of the easiest ways to shut the back door is to assign a leader to every single student, and make sure your leaders are keeping in contact with their students.
Further, students need to feel that the group is there’s, and they’re a part of what is happening. It’s simply biblical to have them using their gifting to serve the Body. However, this has the added benefit of giving students ownership of the ministry. It teaches responsibility, and it trains up future leaders.
20) When Talent Sends You an Email You Ignore It
This one was born from personal experience.
When I went off to Bible College, I had a couple of year’s worth of experience in full-time ministry. Before I arrived, I emailed a bunch of churches about volunteering in their ministry. Half of the churches didn’t return my email.
To this day (nearly 4 years later) I’m baffled by this. I can’t fathom why someone would ignore an email from someone with full-time ministry experience who’s attending Bible College who is asking to volunteer in your church. That absolutely blows my mind.
21) You Suck
The simple reality is that you may be terrible at leading a ministry. Of course, this is the 21st of 22 points because you should assume this from the beginning. But it’s a possibility.
22) Your City is Apathetic Towards the Gospel
Sometimes you can do all the right things, but the area is simply cold to the gospel. We’re called to be witnesses