As with most change, people become uncomfortable when we talk about restructuring the way we do ministry or the way we hire leadership. Messing with leadership structures or staff positions can ruffle feathers.
What are some of the challenges we may face as we talk about moving into a family ministry approach rather than a children's/youth ministry approach?
Challenge: a long-term youth pastor and/or a long-term children's pastor. Is it possible to go in and completely change a job description?
Challenge: is it possible to hire one staff person to handle a family ministry rather than a separate children's, youth, or adult pastors.
Challenge: which ministries will fall under which umbrella of leadership?
Challenge: sacred cows. How would we change the way we've always done things? Our youth or children's ministry is held in high esteem and to mess with what has been so successful is risky.
Challenge: bringing current staff into one married vision. Challenging leaders to mesh their visions/dreams with another leader is often tricky. It can be tricky to negotiate. Is it even possible? Keep the same staff and ask them to align towards developing families rather than the approach they've taken? Possible?
Transitioning a church from Children's and Youth Ministries can really rock the boat of a church that's been established. In my next post I'll address some of the possible ways to combat these challenges.
How about you? Has your church made the switch? What challenges did you face? Were there staff changes that were made? Sacred cows that had to be sacrificed?