What do you need to stop, start or continue?
Visualize the idea of making ministry adjustments as a traffic light:
- Red = Stop
- Green = Start
- Yellow = Continue
Stop. At the top sits a red light, signaling the question: What do you need to STOP doing? If a ministry plan isn’t working or measuring up, then it’s something you need to stop doing. Recognize that doing something new can’t happen until you stop doing something else.
Start. At the bottom sits a green light, representing the question: What do you need to START doing? This is the question to ask when needs aren’t being met, when people can’t find a place or can’t get connected or when current ministry falls short with your church or community.
Continue. The middle light is yellow, asking the question: What do you need to CONTINUE doing? As you review your action plans, look for ministry that’s doing what it’s supposed to do and reaching the people it’s supposed to reach.
So what’s the Big Idea?
Evaluate ministry methods, strategies and plans with the stop, start or continue exercise:
- What do you need to STOP doing?
- What do you need to START doing?
- What do you need to CONTINUE doing?
- “Make Decisions with the Eisenhower Matrix” on Serve. Grow. Lead.
- “4 Q&A Evaluation Strategies” on Serve. Grow. Lead.
- Ministry Action Plans
Gary Watkins says
Thanks Tim. I use the end of the year to evaluate and adjust. The SIGNAL light is a unique tool.
Tim Spencer says
Thanks, Pastor. It’s the first series of questions I asked myself and others at First West. As I start a new year, I gravitate to stop, start, continue once again. It’s always fresh!