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So, You Want A Non-Traditional Ministry?

There are a couple of different type of people out there.  One wants church to be traditional, just like what they grew up with, what they’ve always known.

The other wants something different.  They want something non-traditional.  They want new and fresh.

I’ve been a part of both types of churches.  What I’ve come to find out is that there are a lot more similarities between the two groups than many would care to know.

Tucked inside of that are a group of people who, on top of church want non-traditional ministry.


Several years ago I was talking with another guy.  We were talking about ministry and the direction the Lord was leading us.  I will never forget what he said to me.

“You will not have a traditional ministry.  Your ministry will be totally different.”

I suppose he was right.

I preach in a campground about twenty-six times each year.  I go to the same spot every Sunday.  My congregation can change from week to week.  I don’t think I have ever had the same group of people from one week to the next.


I tend to look at ministry a lot like Jazz.  Or its more rural cousin, Bluegrass.

Both types of music require you to learn the basics first.  You need to learn your notes and how to put them together.  Playing scales benefits musicians.  There are all sorts of fundamentals that need to be learned and soaked in.  Then something beautiful can happen.

Jazz and Bluegrass are improvisational.  Once you learn the rules, you can break them.  You can add sounds and put together arrangements on the fly.  On the base structure, an entire new “house” can be built by one or two or five different individuals.


Ministry is lot like Jazz.  Or Bluegrass.  Learn the basics.  Learn the rules.  Cut your teeth on what you know and what so many have always known.

Then improvise.  Be creative.  Jam with some other creatives.  Head into a non-traditional ministry.  It could be a thing of beauty.

Are you part of a traditional or non-traditional ministry?

  1. robshep
    November 5, 2014 at 8:55 am

    We are pretty non traditional, but I like how you put this. We do try to implement hymns done in a modern way. Great insight.

  2. November 6, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Trying to a little of both.

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