Ever wondered what you need to move your church to the next level, or how to cause your ministry to improve — to make it better and more effective? Here are the basic church departments I believe will help you with that.
You see, when it comes to church growth, many things need to be employed. One of the first thing that one should focus on in growing a church is to fully stick to the vision of the church. You can’t run a church without having a clear-cut vision/mission. It is just like planting a seed without knowing or having a clue when you will apply fertilizers, remove weeds, apply insecticides, etc.
Ministry is not guess work. You need to be intentional about it. There are departments you should have in your church for an effective ministry. These departments are need to help the pastor/church leaders to growing the work of God.
In this article, I have outlined some must have church departments and their various function. But first, let us understand the importance of church departments.
Benefits of Church Departments
Every church department is a contributor to the growth and strength of the church, especially in the church setting today. Church departments are fractions of the church that plays a significant role to the vision of the church, helps bond church members together, amongst other things.
What Is a Church Department?
A Church department is a unit in your church that connects people who share similar interests, passion, drive, ideology, age group, or even gender, for the benefit of the church. As a department, they contribute to the growth and wellbeing of the church.
No matter how small or large the department or group might be, it should add value to the church as it exists, grows and multiplies.
Your church is too large for you to know just everyone that comes to service every Sunday morning. Having a department can help you discover people on a one-on-one basis. It also helps to connect people together.
Core Church Departments
- Children Church Department
- Media Department
- Ushering Department
- Welfare/Hospitality Department
- Evangelism Department
- Cell Department
- Prayers Team
- Community Service Department
- Sanctuary Keepers
- Decorating Department
- Teenage Church
- Men’s fellowship
- Women fellowship
- Youth Church
- Singles fellowship
- Training and Development
- Believer’s class
- Baptismal class
- Workers in training class
- Sunday School Ministry
- Choir/Music Department
- Welcome/Follow-up Team
- Transport/Logistics Department
- Accounts Department
- Drama Department
Other Important Church Small Groups
- Baby and Toddler Group
- Couples Fellowship
- African Mission
- Single Parent Ministry
Start Small Groups/Departments on Purpose
We don’t expect each small group to do the same things; We allow them to specialize.
Seeker groups: Our seeker groups are formed exclusively for evangelism. They provide a non-threatening environment for nonbelievers to ask questions, express doubts, and investigate the claims of Christ.
Support groups: We have support groups for the purpose of congregational care, fellowship, and worship. Many of our support groups are related to providing support and fellowship during a specific stage of life, such as new parents, college students, or empty nesters.
Others deal with healing specific hurts encountered by those who have lost a mate by death or divorce. We also have a full menu of recovery groups.
Service groups: These groups are formed around a specific ministry such as our orphanage in Mexico, our prison ministry, or our divorce recovery ministry. Groups such as these naturally find fellowship together through a common task or project. or ministry.
Growth groups: Our growth groups are dedicated to nurturing, discipleship training, and in-depth Bible study. We offer about fifty different curriculum choices, and some of these groups do a more in-depth study of the previous week’s sermon subject.
Rather than force everyone to conform to a “one size fits all” mentality, we allow people to choose the type of small.
It is a thing of Joy to have a new visitor in your church during a service. The welcome and follow-up department is responsible for calling, visiting, and checking up on new church members. It is very important that you connect with new members after a service.