Where does your drama ministry fit within the organizational structure of your church? Are drama used as a tool for ministry or just an entertainment opportunity? As drama becomes more visible and accepted as a ministry, its position in the organizational structure of the church will (or should) change accordingly.
There are three organizational models associated with how a drama ministry is positioned in the church.
Drama is used occasionally, perhaps for seasonal productions or as a fund-raiser. There is not an organized drama team with established leadership (i.e., President, Coordinator, Director, etc.). Often, members associated with another ministry (music, missionary, ushers, youth) decide to perform a dramatization for a specific occasion. After the performance is over the drama team no longer exists. In this model, drama is not a formal ministry.
The good news is your church is actively using drama. The bad news is drama is not positioned as a church authorized “ministry” but rather an authorized “activity”. However, don’t be discouraged if you are in this phase of growth. Infancy is a reflection of new life and new life is always good!
In this model, your church has established a formal drama ministry. The members elect officers and define rules and operational guidelines. Most importantly, the drama team remains intact after every performance, which allows the ministry to grow through training, experience, and membership. Most often, churches position a new drama ministry as a subordinate ministry of Music or Christian Education.
The good news is the church recognizes that drama is valuable enough to be a formal ministry. Hooray! The bad news is drama is still a subordinate ministry and therefore may be limited to the vision and guidance of the parent ministry leadership. However, this is only a weakness if the parent ministry leadership is not a strong advocate of drama.
The main advantages of the Mature Model over the Growth Model are: 1) the ministry is organized as a “peer” ministry not a “subordinate” ministry. 2) The scope of the ministry may expand beyond drama performances and include other performing arts: dance, mime, puppetry, etc. In essence, the Drama Ministry is transformed into a comprehensive Creative or Sacred Arts Ministry.
The good news is this model places a concentrated focus on using all creative arts for ministry. Unfortunately, very few churches have implemented this organizational model.