The purpose of a ministry is to create a "site within a site." A hub for news, events, calendars, and content separate from the site as a whole. When used in the church context, a ministry should be follow these rules:
- Ministries should be the digital representation of an actual, active ministry (Men's Ministry, Women's Ministry, High School Ministry), and not a page for a church event that occurs sporadically.
- They should not have subministries that are events that occur under that ministry (like Men's Bible Study or Women's Retreat). This is the purpose of using the Events feature within the Ministry Administration. An event page becomes outdated information the second after it occurs. Using the events feature will pull this information off your site automatically when it expires.
- They should not have subministries that are really just pages of information or lists of links. Create news items in Ministry Administration for ministry updates. Post Resources (pdfs, Word Documents, links, etc.) in the ministry's Content Administration and post it on the ministry homepage.
- A ministry should not be host to just information (like About Us or Weekend Services). This is the purpose of Pages (created in Content Administration) and, to less important, more time-sensitive information, News (created in News Administration).
Many make the mistake of creating too many ministries and too many subministries. Take the strategy of "less is more." Fill up a few, necessary ministry pages with tons of information instead of creating a bunch of ministry pages no one visits because you don't update them.