6 Kinds of Stakeholders in Your Ministry

And How They Relate Your Vision by Will Mancini

#1 Tent Stake Holders: These are the people God gives you in the beginning of your vision or enterprise. During this time, things are flexible and nothing is permanent. Its exciting to have anybody help “pitch the tent” in the early days. For whatever reason, some good and some bad, God moves these people on. But they are always a gift in the start-up season. They contributed to the scaffolding for what you were building and not to the building itself.

#2 High Stakes Holders: These are the people God gives you as “lifers” in your ministry and vision. They are “all in.” When you bet the farm they did too. You couldn’t have done it without them and its hard to imagine the journey ahead if they’re not standing right next to you. They have the mentality of “owners.”

#3 Eat-the-Steak Holders: As you build your ministry you will hire people to contribute. These people are the staff and employees of the cause. Of course you want them fired up and living on mission. But at the end of the day they experienced the benefit of the mission’s success prior to experiencing the sacrifice of the mission’s start.  Their commitment is variable because its hard for them to separate what they give to the cause from what they get. Nevertheless, they are crucial carriers of the vision.

#4 Stake Beholders – These are not the people who got the vision and jumped on the board. These are the people for whom the vision existed. This is the single mom who met Jesus through your ministry and is loyal to your leadership.  This is the successful businessman who is always attentive to your advice because his life was changed by God’s truth spoken through you. You may not feel like these people are your core stakeholders, but their combined presence gives a cumulative credibility and substance to your vision.

#5 SweepStake Holders: Everyone once in a while, God brings the right person at the right time to strategically advance the vision. This jackpot person may be a large gift donor or a trusted advisor or a silent prayer warrior.  They may not be around the vision everyday but they are willing investors at a distance.  They move as God supernaturally directs or as they perceive need. They are your angels.

#6 Mis-take Holders: No matter how well you lead, there will be frustrated people in your ministry. Some well meaning people will be receive from the ministry for a season but were never called to contribute back. Others will be misplaced staff or volunteers who never really fit or never really caught the vision. Be the recipient of “blessed subtraction” and let these people find a place where they can be a better kind of stakeholder.


by Thomas Weaver

from The Resurgence

1. Make sure your faith is only something you live out in public

Go to church… at least most of the time. Make sure you agree with what you hear the preacher say, and affirm on the way home what was said especially when it has to do with your kids obeying, but let it stop there. Don’t read your Bible at home. The pastor will say everything you need to hear on Sundays. Don’t engage your children in questions they have concerning Jesus and God. Live like you want to live during the week so that your kids can see that duplicity is ok.

2. Pray only in front of people

The only times you need to pray are when your family is over, holiday meals, when someone is sick, and when you want something. Besides that, don’t bother. Your kids will see you pray when other people are watching, no need to do it with them in private.

3. Focus on your morals

Make sure you insist your kids be honest with you. Let them know it is the right thing for them to do, but then feel free to lie in your own life and disregard the need to tell them and others the truth. Get very angry with your children when they say words that are “naughty” and “bad”, but post, read, watch, and say whatever you want on TV, Facebook, and Twitter. Make sure you focus on being a good person. Be ambiguous about what this means.

4. Give financially as long as it doesn’t impede your needs

Make a big deal out of giving at church. Stress the need to your children the value of tithing, while not giving sacrificially yourself. Allow them to see you spend a ton of money on what you want, while negating your command from Scripture to give sacrificially.

5. Make church community a priority… as long as there is nothing else you want to do

Hey, you are a church going family, right? I mean, that’s what you tell your friends and family anyways. Make sure you attend on Sundays. As long as you didn’t stay up too late Saturday night. Or your family isn’t having a big barbeque. Or the big game isn’t on. Or this week you just don’t feel like it. Or… I mean, you’re a church-going family, so what’s the big deal?


Looking for “Myth Busters”

There are a few myths I keep running into that I feel are hurting churches chances of reaching the unreached population in the U.S. So I thought I would share five of the biggest myths I’ve heard lately.

* Myth One: An acoustical service is a great way to reach new people. The fact is the only people it normally reaches are the few people who decide to do it. Acoustical services remain small due to their design and function. I’ve yet to find a church with an acoustical service over 100 on a regular basis. If you know of one be a “Myth Buster” and respond
* Myth Two: A service at some other time than Sunday will reach people. The truth is you can resign yourself to the fact that the most you will get any other day but Sunday is 10% of what you have on Sunday morning. When you see the big Friday night services you will see huge Sunday morning services. If you know of a place that gets significantly more than 10% of its Sunday crowd at some other day be “Myth Buster” and respond.
* Myth Three: All you have to do is start a contemporary service and the church will grow. While it is true that starting another service is the best way to grow a church, it’s not true that just starting a contemporary service will cause the church to grows. People aren’t looking for a contemporary service; they are looking for a contemporary church. If you know of a dead, unfriendly, self-centered, take-care-of-the-members-first church that started a contemporary service and the service exploded with growth, be a “Myth Buster” and respond.
* Myth Four: If we build it they will come. This myth goes two ways. First, I’ve seen church after church build a Family Life Center (fancy word for Gym) and expect the youth to use. Problem is they will only allow the youth to use it when adults are present so it just sits there empty. Second, the vast majority of church build extra space and do not increase their staff and they wonder why they don’t grow. Folks, buildings don’t keep people. A new worship center or location may bring in more people for 18 months later they’re gone because the church grew by 30% and never added staff. If you know of a church that greatly enlarged its facilities and didn’t add staff and grew significantly and had a large portion of that growth two years later, be a “Myth Buster” and respond.
* Myth Five: If we only had more money. Now I know you can’t do ministry without money. But the truth is most of the ministries that grow a church don’t cost money. You know the best way to grow a church- inspire your people to invite their networks either to church or some “side door” activity where they rub shoulders with Christians. That costs nothing. If you know of a church that grows simply because it has the money to grow, be a “Myth Buster” and respond.

Want to be a destroyer of “Myths?” Let me know of the myths you feel are hurting the church. Send them to me at I’ll publish them somewhere along the way.

And if you have any thoughts as to why people buy into myths without checking out the facts, share that with me also.


Bill Easum