I think it is safe to say that we all have patterns in Ministry. Whether it is how you schedule your week to how you run events and services.

Patterns give us reliability and ways to get in a groove and get things done, the only thing is sometimes these patterns quickly wear into ruts.

And these 3 patterns will wear into ruts and kill your ministry:

Using Curriculum: Now don’t get me wrong, I use curriculum and the stuff that is available is only getting better. I also buy it because I don’t have the time or resources to always be coming up with new stuff. The problem is that if we only rely on using things from other people, we dull our creativity. Our creativity is like any other tool we need to use it or it will break down.

My practical advice is that you don’t need to come up with new curriculum all the time. Maybe you have some seasons or the majority of the time when you need to rely on material you can purchase. Don’t worry, you don’t have to make up your stuff every week. Take some time and work on it slowly. Start planning 2-6 months ahead, slowly work on it so it will be ready for when you want to use it.

Don’t have an awesome graphic designer or trendy names, it doesn’t matter. Give your best to God and I know He will bless the work you have put out.

Running service the same way every time: In church we like to get comfortable. We like the familiarity of things. The problem is this teaches people in your ministry this is the way things should be done. The thing with the most time is the most important. For our church that might look like our Worship. We do it really well and give half of our service to it. But the fact of the matter is, that pray is just important, as is hearing the message. So maybe once in a while we could mix up our service and put more emphasis on something else.

Dull Spiritual life: It should go without saying, but if the people in charge have dull spiritual lives why would the members of their ministry be any different? We all will have ups and downs. We all will struggle connecting with God, but if we become complacent and don’t try different things to spice up our spiritual lives we will get stuck in a pattern that may wear into a rut. As a leader in church ministry you are held to a higher standard, so meet the challenge.

What are some patterns you see the need to tear down? What are some ruts you have overcome?

Kyle Corbin has been serving as a volunteer or youth pastor for over 10 years. He is currently the youth pastor at the Bridge Church in North Vancouver B.C. You can follow his blog at: kylecorbin@blogspot.com or Twitter: @CorbinKyle.