Developing An Idea for a Ministry Tool and Strategy

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.

Easter Outreach Ideas

Here are some Easter outreach ideas that can be used in your church and community.  Please share some of yours as well.

Updated 4/2014:

1. The JESUS Film– Get the new fully restored and re-mastered “The JESUS Film” on Blu-ray and DVD.  “The JESUS Film” is the most viewed and translated film and a great ministry tool for Easter.  Click here to find out more information or to purchase the “The JESUS Film” Blu-ray or DVD.

2. Film Festival– show films that depict the story of Jesus- His life, death and resurrection.  You can find a listing of films about Jesus from the Bible Film Blog.

3. Art Exhibit– have local artists or artists in your church draw or paint pieces about Jesus’ life death and resurrection.  Have an exhibit where the community can come and view the artwork and interact with the artist to hear their “story”.

4. Music concert– select musical selections and Bible readings that touch on the life, death and ressurection of Jesus.

5. Backyard Easter Bash– Using the colorful eggs found in Resurrection Eggs host an egg hunt for the children in your community or church.

6. Easter Experience– A new DVD-driven group study that uses narrative drama and challenging teaching.  To find out more check out the Easter Experience website.

Using Volunteers To Maintain Your Church Website

There has been some great feedback on the last post about church and ministry websites.  Most of those who left comments said that they utilize volunteers to create and maintain their church’s web presence.  This is great.  This is sharing and giving ministry away to those in your church who can use their gifts and abilities.

Church and Ministry Website Poll

I am amazed at the number of church and ministry website companies that have popped up over the last few years.  It seems like there were only a handful of companies a few years ago that offered services to create and get your church or ministry online.

With so many choices  many churches and ministries wonder where to start.  I know that this is driven by the size of the staff and if there is an on staff IT, graphic designer or technology person.  I imagine the discussions within the staff teams are: Do we hire someone to create a website for us?  Do we get a volunteer from the church to help us? Do we use a template?  Which company? etc.

I have been involved with the development of a number of different websites over the last 11 years.  In my next post I will share some thoughts and lessons learned.  I would like to hear from you.

How does your church or ministry manage its website?  Is there a person on staff?  Does your church or ministry work with an outside company?  If you use an outside company or service which one do you use?