Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved. Matthew 9.17

Churches who seek to be the best churches for their community should have a strategy for creating new ministries.   We tend to hold on to the “old time” stuff because it was “good enough for us.” The problem is that is not generally good enough for the newer and younger people in the church who do not share your past.  And it is rarely that effective with the unchurched people of emerging generations.

Plus-since when in Kingdom work is good enough, good enough?  Remember the Apostle Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think..” Ephesians 3:20 NLT

For example, for many years we had thriving women’s ministries who helped support their church by a continuous stream of service projects and fund-raisers.  Women’s ministry in the 50s-70s had a strong “Martha” dimension.  Then along came working women with full-time jobs and careers on top of families to raise.  They were largely drawn to churches because of their desire for spiritual nourishment and growth.  They were distinctly “Mary’s.”  They had little interest in “business meetings” to plan projects and fund-raisers.  They much preferred to “donate” money rather than time; especially when that time was NOT devoted to prayer, Bible study etc.

The older generation of women often stayed at home, raised their families, supported by their husbands’ income.  Yet they, too, desired to give.  Projects and fund-raisers were their money, not their husbands, and these ministries allowed them to give out of what they had.  Many churches found that reach new and younger women, they needed to take on a “Mary” emphasis.  And some chose to have multiple women’s groups that met periodically for specific reasons but used their regular time to foster the gifts and passions of the women in those smaller groups.  The latter acutally benefited the church’s  ministry because it multiplied women and their ministries–whereas the one size fits all-merely added smaller numbers of the existing groups.

In what areas could you multiply the impact and involvement in the church’s mission by creating new ministries or new forms of current existing fruitful ministries?

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