The changes in society are strongly affecting Christain ministry. In fact, I would say that ministry as we know it must change now or we will get caught out.... very quickly!
For various reasons the cost of employing a full time minister is becoming too high for normal, small suburban churches. I don’t know how many of my fellow Moore graduates are looking for work in churches at the moment.
Ministers need to make adequate money to support their families.
And yet, the gospel is not getting any less urgent.
Normal, small suburban areas are still crying out for ministers and energised church planters to lead and minister God’s truth to them.
Christian ministry needs to be faster and more responsive in our ever to a changing world to be ready to meet the needs of the small, suburban churches.
Our society has proven to be much more responsive to systemic problems: in as little as 10 years we have seen dozens of entrepreneurs solving all kinds of social and technical problems, reinventing entire industries to the astonishment and benefit of us all.
The church is in a place where it needs to do this too.
We have an extraordinary amount of untapped potential sitting in our pews each Sunday. Congregation members, church buildings, methods of volunteering, everything could be reconsidered.
However the question of finances is by far the most pressing and important of all.
Let me have a go:
How would the church be different if all the skilled high-level professionals in our congregations gave time to teaching an important and valuable skill to a minister and then employed them 3-4 days per week.
Combined with a significantly reduced stipend (e.g. 20-40% of stipend), a coordinated laity and good communication, a church generating $90K per year could hire three to four ministers at 2 days per week each.
You could run a church with that kind of manpower, couldn’t you?
What do you think?