So far we have seen how to consider different issues related to the ministry and have captured ideas for improvement. We now need to take these forward to a finalised Action Plan. 4. Identifying and agreeing improvements to be made By the end of Day 1 many sheets of notes have been blue-tacked to the walls […]

Continue reading about Pursuing Excellence in Ministry with the Poor – Pt 4. The Action Plan

Having outlined the philosophy of ‘pursuing excellence’ we shall now look at the process of carrying out a Ministry Health Check with a ministry team. 1. How long does it take? Two days, or the equivalent, are needed for the process to be carried out. This may seem a lot of time but to lessen it […]

Continue reading about Pursuing Excellence in Ministry with the Poor – Pt 3. The Process

Last time I proposed that a church’s ministry with the poor should be excellent. Let me now share some ministries in which I have helped develop Action Plans for further improvement of what were already good ministries. School In Guinea, in West Africa, I helped evaluate a church-based school with which I have worked for many […]

Continue reading about Pursuing Excellence in Ministry with the Poor – Pt 2. Some examples

In the coming weeks I will share how I believe churches can carry out excellent ministries with the poor. I believe that is on God’s heart. It is good At creation we repeatedly read that God looked on all that he had made and declared it to be good (Gen 1:4, 10, 12 etc). Sadly, when the […]

Continue reading about Pursuing Excellence in Ministry with the Poor – Pt 1. Setting the scene

Last time we looked at the statements that have a spiritual impact. In this final part of the series I list those statements that we would expect to apply to any work of this nature, whether Christian or secular, NGO or Aid Agency. These are coloured green in the PowerPoint presentation. 9. Who? It is […]

Continue reading about Ministry Health Check pt 6 – The ‘NGO’ statements

What are the other statements? Having shared some examples of statements let me now provide the full list in this and the next posting. Written here they seem somewhat overwhelming but please do not be put off! For clarification on any of these please refer to the series which I posted Sept – Dec 2009 […]

Continue reading about Ministry Health Check pt 5 – The ‘spiritual’ statements

Nigel Ring on April 19th, 2011

The Process When launching a Health Check I first encourage all team members to rate the statements individually, before meeting together. I urge them not to think too deeply; respond to the first impression they may have about a particular statement and its relevance to their particular ministry. When the team does come together they […]

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Nigel Ring on April 12th, 2011

The value of grading We ended the last posting discussing grading of the various statements. Recently I was leading a workshop in Zimbabwe on the Ministry Health Check. I asked participants to work in ministry teams but to score these statements as individuals before starting any discussion. I was surprised to find that some members […]

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Nigel Ring on April 4th, 2011

In the first post of this new series I introduced the concept of a Ministry Health Check using the Key Indicators of Good Practice which have been discussed previously. What is the purpose? The Key Indicators have application in two areas: 1) Planning and 2) Evaluation. For planning they underpin more formal planning practices, as […]

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Nigel Ring on March 29th, 2011

A visit to the Doctor Recently I had a health check with my doctor. I had no reason to think there was anything wrong and I am glad to say his questioning demonstrated that to be the case. Nevertheless, as he asked me questions about my life-style, sleep patterns and so on it caused me […]

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