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How does a church shift from "needs-based" to "gifts-based" ministry?

Our church is thinking more about gifts-based ministry (helping people discover the gifts God has blessed them with and how best to serve the church and others) rather than needs-based ministry ("we need 3 volunteers for the nursery and 24 dozen cookies for the ladies tea.") Who has seen this transition in their own church? How did it go? Are you in this transition? How is it going? Is your church now leading a strong, gifts-based ministry, with people equipped and passionate to serve? Can you provide advice or encouragement for those of us working in that direction?
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Sticky situation: when is it time to discontinue a ministry?

Have you ever had to discontinue or end a ministry? What are the signs that it's time? How do you explain to the congregation that something is ending? What if you have a passionate volunteer, but it just doesn't make sense to continue to put other resources behind it (finances, staff time, etc.)? I feel I should qualify my question by stating that this is purely theoretical at the moment, I'm not actually facing this question. Rather it comes more from the perspective of how to best use a finite number of volunteers and ministry funds. Say we want to "make room" for new ministries, but it's...
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Has anyone been to or heard about LifeServe?

I got a suggestion to look into the LifeServe National Conference , and I'm wondering if anyone has heard about or attended the conference and/or the accompanying Equipping Institute (held concurrently with the conference.) The promotional information says that this conference is for pastors and other church workers who: recruit, train, and place volunteers; see themselves as serving their church by serving others; want God to use their church to make a life-changing difference in their community, etc. Any insight, recommendations, or helpful input? Thanks!
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What have you found effective to help church members discover their spiritual gifts?

A couple of the tasks in my job description are, "Develop and implement a process for identifying and developing members gifts, talents, and passions for ministry" and "Assist with finding gifted members to join in the ministries." My guess is that other Ministry Coordinators probably have similar tasks in their own job descriptions. I was able to get a great head start on some ideas for teaching about spiritual gifts from somone I connected with here on the network (Thanks, Denise!) but I was curious what other ideas might be out there for this aspect of ministry. What have you found...
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Can you really rest on Sundays?

I attended a great seminar in my area last week for ministry leaders, and the focus was on renewal, with a lot of discussion about the importance of a Sabbath day of rest. For many in attendance, they have ministry responsibilities on Sundays and so several people offered their own practices as examples of the ways in which they set aside time for renewal and rest. It made me curious what the practice is of other Ministry Coordinators. Is Sunday a work day for you or not? If not, are there challenges in protecting your day of rest when you attend worship where you work? If your congregation...
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Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize

Today I'm having one of those days where I can't keep up with all the email arriving in my inbox. I KNOW others can relate, right ? In a job that seems like there is always more to do than can reasonably be done, it can be challenging to figure out what to do first... or what to do at all. I'm finding that one way I prioritize is to think about my written job description, and try to determine if any given task seems like it supports the goals the church had in mind when they decided to hire a Ministry Coordinator in the first place. (Embedded in that job description is the idea that my work...
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New Year, New Ministry Dreams

Hi everyone! Perhaps this is a bit of a cliché topic for January, but I find I inevitably think of setting goals and dreaming up new ideas this time of year. I'm still feeling very new as a Ministry Coordinator (starting in Sept 2010) so to me, even the things some of you might consider routine or ordinary feel new to me, but i would love to hear what everyone is dreaming of for this year. - Does your church have plans to start a new ministry? - Are you working to reinvigorate an existing ministry? - What successes have you had in 2010 that you are building on for 2011? Would love to hear...
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Fellow Ministry Coordinators

Hey, I'm an MC (Ministry Coordinator) and I'm wondering if there is anybody else out there who is the same? Might be nice to connect. 

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