7 Questions To Ask When Striving To Improve Ministry


7 Questions to Ask When Striving to Improve Ministry

(NOTE: This is part 3 of a 3-part blog series to help you improve ministry. In part 1 we addressed how to create a culture of continual improvement. In part 2 we talked shared the top 8 areas of ministry to improve. And here today we will share 7 questions to ask when striving to improve ministry.)

I talked to a pastor this morning. The guy really has it together. He’s strong administratively and organizationally. He’s a very good leader.

He knows he has a good number of healthy ministries and certainly knows he has some that need some shoring up. As we talked he acknowledged that even his strong ministries can be better.

No matter what size your church is, improvement is the name of the game if you want to keep reaching more people.

Frequently, I’ll have a pastor tell me their church is a church of excellence. While I understand what they are trying to say, I tell them to ditch that thought.


Because if you are a church of excellence that implies a couple of things. Your church has arrived, and you are at the top of your game. There is some defined perfection and you have reached it.

But no ministry has arrived. There’s always more that can be done.

Spiritually attuned and savvy leaders always look for ways to create a culture of continual improvement as we noted in Part 1 of this three-part blog series. It’s not about excellence. It’s about improvement.

If you find you need to improve ministry, there are certain questions you must ask yourself.

7 Questions to Evaluate & Improve Ministry

1. Why do you do this particular ministry?

Knowing the “why” behind any ministry will do more to set the stage for future advancement than anything else.

2. Is this ministry accomplishing one of your values?

It is critical to know your core values. The ministry in question must always align with at least one and maybe more of those value.

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3. Why do you feel it needs to improve?

There needs to be a compelling reason for why you feel a particular ministry needs to improve. You must be able to articulate that as you move forward.

4. What would it look like for this ministry to operate at the highest level possible?

You must be able to envision ministry better than it is currently. What does that look like? What needs would exist when it’s functioning in that manner?

5. Are the right people leading this ministry?

Maxwell says it and we all believe it. “Everything rises or falls on leadership.” The key leaders you put in place must be up to the challenge.

6. What do you sense from God regarding this ministry?

Your work in the church is spiritual in nature. God directs your steps. He births ministries in your heart. What is He saying to you?

7. (FOR LEAD PASTORS ONLY) What do you as the Lead Pastor need to do to improve this ministry moving forward? 

The man or woman serving as the leader must be introspective in how they evaluate their own role in improving ministries. The buck does stop at the top!

When you ask these seven questions, you will find answers within yourself. So ask the questions.

At the end of the day, it’s all about reach and influence. If there are ways to improve a ministry and those improvements result in more ministry participation, who wouldn’t want that, right?

Well, it will happen when you make an intentional effort toward improvement.

The mission of your church is too great to not strive to improve each ministry under your charge. Ask questions. See answers. Pray for the Lord to show you the path to improvement.

When you do you will see that which you strive to improve actually make the improvement … and the church will advance. That is your prayer and mine.

Be sure to catch the full 3-part blog series:

Part 1: Creating the culture of improvement

Part 2: The top 8 areas of ministry to improve

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