Jul 23, 2012

10 Ways to Know When It's Time to Stop a Ministry Program

So you've got this ministry program or event that you believe should be ended.  You've known it for awhile and the feeling just keeps growing.  You're just waiting for some final confirmation that pulling the plug is the right thing to do.

If you can answer "yes" to some or all of these questions, then here's confirmation.

Is the Senior Pastor / leadership on board with terminating it?

Has this program lost it's effectiveness?

Has this program wandered from it's original intent and purpose? 

Is it draining time, resources, and volunteers from other programs that are successful? 

Will stopping this program make other programs stronger and more effective?

Are you already accomplishing the purpose of this program with something else you are doing?

Are you only doing it because it's always been done that way?

Are you doing it because Sister So-and-So started it _____ years ago and you don't want to hurt anyone's feelings or cause conflict?

Are you prepared to show people the benefits of stopping this?

Have you gained relational equity with key influencers and got them on board with the idea of stopping this?

What other questions do feel need asked before stopping a program or event?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.


Not so much a question, but I lost my love of VBS 2 years before we actually stopped it. It was a HUGE blessing to end it. It has allowed me more time and budget money to focus on the weekly tasks and time to build into volunteers. Our VBS wasn't reaching out like it was intended to. However we've since started a soccer camp that will see 75% of the campers from community families who don't have a church home. So thankful that we were able to take that step forward!

Exciting to hear about the good results of the adjustment Kate. Never easy to make those calls but worth it. God bless you.

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