The “Idea” is the first step in developing a ministry tool and strategy. You probably have a lot of ideas for new tools and strategies, but are they good ideas. I have found the key to a good idea is identifying a need that the idea can help.
When it comes to ministry most individuals, churches or ministries are looking for a ministry tool or strategy to help solve a need. If you create a tool and strategy that really isn’t needed then it won’t get used.
Once I was part of a team that created a CD-Rom that was complex, but very postmodern. The project took a very long time to complete, but it got done. We created a website and had broad distribution. In the end only a handful people used it, because it didn’t really meet a need and it was hard to use. So, first identify the need. A good way to identify a need is to listen and ask others.
Once you have the need identified, bring people together to pray and brainstorm ideas. There are a ton of resources on brainstorming. I personally like using the Walt Disney Imagineering process for brainstorming. This is where you put ideas on sticky notes or note cards. Then group the ideas together that are similar. Then you “plus up” the ideas. This is expanding the original idea presented by writing more details on another sticky note or note card and placing it under the idea. Once you complete that process you are able to determine which is the best idea.
The next step once you have an idea is to prototype it. That will be covered next.