Holistic Ministry Tool #50: Counting the Cost, Looking for Treasure

Any church considering a significant new ministry investment must weigh the cost of the desired project against the potential benefits of its completion (Luke 14:28) —and the risks incurred by not investing (Matt. 25:24-28). Every venture in community ministry carries a price tag, but also represents a harvest.

For your church's proposed ministry venture, consider both the risks and the opportunities for the community, volunteers, church members in general, church facilities, and the church's overall mission. What do you have to lose? What do you have to gain? As a ministry team, brainstorm responses to the following:

Risks to the community:
Physical
Financial
Emotional / attitudinal
Relational
Spiritual
Other

Risks to ministry volunteers:
Physical
Financial
Emotional / attitudinal
Relational
Spiritual
Other

Risks to church members:
Physical
Financial
Emotional / attitudinal
Relational
Spiritual
Other

Risks to church facilities:
Physical
Financial
Usage patterns
Other

Risks to the church's mission:
Outcomes
Capacity
Leadership
Support
Expectations
Theology
Reputation
Partners
Other

 

 

Opportunities for the community:
Physical
Financial
Emotional / attitudinal
Relational
Spiritual
Other

Opportunities for ministry volunteers:
Physical
Financial
Emotional / attitudinal
Relational
Spiritual
Other

Opportunities for church members:
Physical
Financial
Emotional / attitudinal
Relational
Spiritual
Other

Opportunities for church facilities:
Physical
Financial
Usage patterns
Other

Opportunities for the church's mission:
Outcomes
Capacity
Leadership
Support
Expectations
Theology
Reputation
Partners
Other

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adapted from Ronald Sider, Philip Olson and Heidi Rolland Unruh, Churches That Make a Difference: Reaching Your Community with Good News and Good Works (Baker Books, 2002), 294-297.

 


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