One of the biggest challenges that ministries face is the various people that create diversions, whether they intend to or not. I am a firm believer that the enemy uses diversions to create chaos and disrupt the ministry from doing its work. How do you keep your ministry focused?
There are people that thrive on chaos as it allows a lot of dysfunction to be hidden from reality. To combat these diversions a ministry must stay focused and not allow all the outside issues to divert the ministry from its focus. This is a lot easier said than done, but it is reality in any ministry. It is also guaranteed to increase,the better the ministry gets at its work. You see, the enemy does not want you to succeed and will do anything to create misunderstandings, confusion, and distrust to try and disrupt your success.
To stay focused, the ministry must work hard to communicate its focus on a regular basis. You must also not divert from the plan, regardless of those that may have a different idea of where they want to see the ministry go. It doesn't mean that they don't have great ideas, but without focus, nothing will ever get accomplished.
Another challenge is the proverbial “victim” that never seems to have anything go right and uses the ministry to be a place of refuge against all that is happening in their own personal lives. These people are extremely needy, that in no way means that they have bad intentions, but they have come to the ministry for companionship. This may not sound kind, but that is not what the ministry needs to execute its services. These people are good people, but unfortunately they need to go somewhere else to fulfill their needs as the ministry cannot do what it is trying to accomplish when the team is distracted.
The last example of a ministry diversion is the volunteer that lacks the skills to perform a role. These people are usually very nice people, but they are placed in positions that they don't even know how to perform. This happens frequently where volunteers want to help and the ministry doesn't have the heart to say no. I tell people quite often that the hardest thing a ministry leader will ever have to do is to tell a volunteer they need to volunteer somewhere else. The majority of the time, these people will come back to you later on and say thank you for the courage to tell me what others refused to. No one joins a ministry to hurt its ability to serve others.
Diversions are challenges, but they can be overcome with a solid plan, a focused team, and God's help and support through prayer. All ministries are a part of God's team. This is His work and we must always look to Him for guidance. We will do our part, and He will fill in the rest!