Friday, July 11, 2008

Ministry Achilles' Heel (Part 1) An Achilles’ heel is a fatal weakness in spite of overall strength, actually or potentially leading to downfall. While the mythological origin refers to a physical vulnerability, metaphorical references to other attributes or qualities that can lead to their downfall are common. For a full explanation click here. I believe every ministry has a fatal weakness that if not addressed or tended to will lead to, and this not getting over dramatic, burnout, poor volunteer retention, mediocre and often poor ministry execution, dissent, an utter disaster -- you get the picture. Now every ministry is different. And by tending to this one specific variable I will mention it does not mean that you neglect everything else. However, if not done this will guarantee failure. In my 20 years of serving in the church and 16 of those years on the staffs of large churches here is what I have learned. First Impressions or Guest Relation type ministries (i.e. Ushers, Greeters, Guest Services, Service Hosts) Achilles' heel: Vision These ministries are often referred to, at least in our setting, "easy entry" type ministries. We often tell new people that a good place to start in ministry is in one of these teams. They are described this way because the preparation level is minimal, and the skill level, though for extroverted personalities this may come easier, is simply to convey a genuine -- warm and friendly greeting. Now there is a little more to it than that -- these type of guest...

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