How to Find Your Ministry Blindspots, so You Can Be More Effective
No matter how self-aware you may be; I bet there’s been plenty of times when something or someone has caught you completely off guard.
Maybe it was your spouse saying you’re relationship is drifting when you thought it was better than ever.
…or your kids saying you have been distant lately when you thought you were knocking it out of the park.
…or your boss or employee pointing out a weakness or a flaw that you thought was a strength.
Things and people have made me aware of my own blindspots on many occasions, and it’s not usually pleasant, but if addressed properly, it is healthy.
And just like we have personal blindspots; we have ministry blindspots.
For example, a few weeks ago I thought the family ministry at our church was doing an awesome job with our outreach strategy.
We’re all about helping families in the church reach lost families in their neighborhoods and spheres of influence (You can read more about this strategy here: http://doingkidsminbetter.com/5-simple-monthly-affordable-family-outreach-ideas/)
But then we brought in a Family Ministry professor from a local college to do an evaluation.
He was curious about our outreach strategy and asked us how many lost families had attended a service at our church as a result of families reaching families.
The answer wasn’t good; I was blind to the fact that we needed to do more.
We’re still going to help families reach families, but we realized we also needed to become more multi-faceted in our approach.
There’s no silver bullets.
And believe it or not, there are blindspots in your ministry.
How To Find Your Ministry Blindspots
Finding your blindspots lies in what in I just shared.
You have to bring people in from the outside.
At our church, our goal is to bring someone in at least 1x/year.
Less often and things go unaddressed too long; more often and we don’t have time to make changes that need to happen.
At first this could sound like a big expense you can’t afford or something you simply don’t have time to pursue, but it’s not as difficult as you might thing and lots of ways to get creative.
Who Can Help You Find Your Ministry Blindspots?
Many Senior Leaders have connections and relationships you can utilize.
For us, we asked our Senior Pastor if he knew anyone who could do an evaluation.
Right away he recommended someone, and we brought them in.
Other Local Kid’s/Family Pastors
Offer to swap churches with another local kid’s pastor and evaluate each others’ churches.
This way you’re not only helping your own church, but the “big C” Church.
Christian/Bible College Professors
Is there a Christian University or Bible College nearby?
Contact a professor in the youth or kids departments, and ask them if they’ll do an evaluation.
Most times their heart is for the church, and they’re more than willing to help you out for little or no cost.
Friends or Family
You could do something as simple as asking your extended family to examine your church with a critical eye when they’re in town for a visit.
Or you could go the evangelistic route and ask an unchurched neighbor to come with their family and fill out an evaluation sheet.
If you want to continue to be effective, you need fresh eyes; people who don’t attend your church or serve on a regular basis.
Because when you’re in the car you can’t see your blindspots (by definition), but someone outside the car with a different view can.
What are some ministry blindspots you’ve found along the way? How did you find them? Leave a comment!
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