I had to play "Pastor Policeman" the other day by enforcing the law.
Rule #1 "No one starts a ministry unless someone starts a ministry."
Here was the infraction, "Hey, do you have anything in place to get college students more connected with the community? We'd like to be apart of that."
It sounds harmless enough, but it has ruined churches all over.
Someone's brilliant ministry idea becomes the pastor's responsibility to initiate, launch, own, and administrate.
My response, "That's a great idea. I'd love for you to start that ministry. In fact, update me on how it's going in a couple weeks after you launch it."
People starting ministries that no one really starts is epidemic. This infraction alone has turned many (most?) pastors into activities coordinators on the Carnival Cruise liner, rather than the front line disciple-maker shepherds who lead, teach, pray and build the Kingdom.