Is infrastructure a key element of today’s ministry or simply a necessary evil? How do ministry and infrastructure not only co-exist but thrive?
With all the challenges of ministry, it is important to not focus too much on rules, processes, or procedures. Becoming legalistic in structure can get in the way of ‘doing’ ministry. As stated in my last post words like Infrastructure are not always well received in ministry. I think that is because of the pain that may have been experienced through legalistic rules in the past. That pains me, because I know people who have been hurt and shy away from any form of infrastructure. As we have moved into the age of technology, infrastructure has most commonly been associated with technologically related resources.
However, in ministry, it is so much more than that. I propose we not limit our conversation to infrastructure, so I have come of with a new term: minfrasTructure™. This is all-inclusive of not only the technology, but the servants, staff, processes, and resources that are needed in order to facilitate ministry to happen at a faster pace meet the needs of hurting people.
The term minfrasTructure is a fusion of the words ministry and infrastructure. I am sure you have noticed by now that the T right in the middle of minfrasTructure is capitalized. This represents that everything to do with ministry and infrastructure has at their core the sole purpose of pointing people to the cross and giving all glory to God.
I have received mixed feedback from this term as I have shared it in person. What do you think? What are key areas of minfrasTructure in your church or ministry? I welcome your comments below.