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10 Ways to Know When It's Time to Stop a Ministry Program

So you’ve got this ministry program or event that you believe should be ended.  You’ve known it for awhile and the feeling just keeps growing.  You’re just waiting for some final confirmation that pulling the plug is the right thing to do.

If you can answer “yes” to some or all of these questions, then here’s confirmation.

Is the Senior Pastor / leadership on board with terminating it?

Has this program lost it’s effectiveness?

Has this program wandered from it’s original intent and purpose?

Is it draining time, resources, and volunteers from other programs that are successful?

Will stopping this program make other programs stronger and more effective?

Are you already accomplishing the purpose of this program with something else you are doing?

Are you only doing it because it’s always been done that way?

Are you doing it because Sister So-and-So started it _____ years ago and you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings or cause conflict?

Are you prepared to show people the benefits of stopping this?

Have you gained relational equity with key influencers and got them on board with the idea of stopping this?

What other questions do feel need asked before stopping a program or event?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  

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Dale Hudson has been serving in children's ministry for over 30 years. He is an author, speaker and ministry leader.  He is the founder and director of Building Children's Ministry. BCM helps churches build strong leaders, teams and children's ministries.  (www.buildingchildrensministry.com)