In a month filled with political debates, a question comes to mind:

When’s the last time you discussed ministry policies with staff, volunteers, student leaders, or leaders?

Some of you may be “college ministry wonks” like me. But for others, talking about policy seems… unnecessary. Or at least a lower priority than the doing of your ministry.

But it isn’t! Discussing the overarching principles behind your practical ministry choices is part of discipling your leaders. It’s also an important part of giving them ownership – if they’re just doing what you tell them, they’re not really serving alongside you.

Further, forcing ourselves to talk about “policies” makes us refine them, too. The process of translating from our brains to others’ ears filters our thoughts in a unique way, and that process combined with others’ feedback will create a better ministry in the end.

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