Programs vs. Ministries

2012 The Nines Conference


In this 3-minute session from the 2012 The Nines Conference by Leadership Network, Dave Browning, Founder of Christ the King Community Church, discusses the crucial differences between programs and ministries.


Which of Dave's points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you?
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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Programming is unavoidable in the process of building an effective church, but the way in which it is managed can change its outlook entirely. As Dave shared, his church did not start with a lot of programs, but encouraged volunteer-led ministries. The distinction created congregational buy-in and allowed the ministries to dissolve away when its fruitfulness was lost. Take some time to think through the distinction between programs and ministries. Look at ways you can leverage your congregation for a church model that relieves your staff of unnecessary burdens.


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