We all compare new experiences to a benchmark we have in our head. When we try a new cafe and we compare their coffee to our best coffee experience at our favourite cafe. When shop in a new shopping mall we compare it to the benchmark that we have in our mind about our ideal shopping experience. When we visit a new church or ministry we compare it to our ideal church or ministry whether we know it or not.
So as the leader in your ministry what is your comparison point? Sometimes it can be another church or ministry. We tell ourselves if we could just do it ministry like church X or church Y then we would get it “right”. These other churches may have totally different circumstance and resources to us but that doesn’t stop us from comparing our ministry to theirs. The key thing is to know what your bench mark is so that at least you are honest with yourself and your team.
Perhaps your comparison point is not another church but a previous era at your own church. Remember the good old days when we got ministry “right”. Church members often compare your current situation to a previous golden era where everything seemed to work so smoothly. The trap with this style of thinking is that our world and culture has changed so dramatically. Imagine comparing youth ministry pre Facebook to the Facebook era; let alone comparing ministry practices from the 1980’s to ministry to youth today.
What ever your comparison point is you need to identify it so that the unconscious comparison becomes more conscious. Comparison is not a bad thing as long it it encourages us to be better rather than it weakening us.
Finally it is most important to compare our ministry to what God is calling us to. The Holy Spirit is moving your forward not trying to recreate the past. Compare your ministry to what God has in store for you, not the previous golden era.
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