I’ve been challenged today in how we do church ministry. Here’s a great quote from “7 Practices of Effective Ministry”…”Before you start anything, make sure if takes you where you need it to go.” Ministry needs to start with the end in mind.
Programs are great if they lead people to life-change. Programs usually lead to more of a “need” focus while thinking steps, you are asking, “where do I want people to go?” It is about perspective and leading people to make progress in their spiritual journey.
Jesus commanded us to “make disciples.” This happens most naturally in the context of meaningful relationships.
One of the ways to hold back ministry is to give people a vision without a strategy to achieve it. This is the difficult part to me. Many times we have the “big picture” figured out for ministry, but what does it look like for an un-churched 9th grade student?
The real question is not just, “How many do we have in attendance”…but more so, “how many relationships developed while attending?
I believe this is the challenge of the church of America.
What are your thoughts?
Here is the second video from the “Skit Guys.” This one deals with an angry parent and a crazy kid.
This video is from the “Skit Guys”, definitely the best at skits! This is a video from the perspective of a youth pastor talking to a couple middle-schoolers and then the pastor.
I’m really enjoying reading through the book: “7 practices of effective ministry.” I am being challenged to look at how effective ministry is done.
The first chapter is about finding the goal of ministry. The ultimate priority of the church is changed lives (“to make disciples”). This must be our first priority as the church. That is ultimately how you clarify a win for ministry.
Changed lives is simply the scoreboard for the church.
I think using questions like these will help in measuring success:
– Do attendees feel comfortable inviting their unchurched friends?
– How many people are connected to a small group?
– Do the people understand how to apply the scriptural truths we’re teaching in their daily lives?
What do you think? I’d like to know your thoughts.
I’m currently reading two books. The books are “7 Practices of Effective Ministry” (by Andy Stanley, Reggie Joiner, Lane Jones) and “Do they run when they see you coming: Reaching out to Un-churched teenagers” (by Jonathon McKee).
I plan on finishing both of these books by the end of the month of December. I’ll be posting insights that I gather from these books and my time in God’s Word.
What books are you reading? What is God teaching you?
It was a great night at Elevate, our student worship gathering at FaithBridge Church. Tonight I realized again that students desire to know God and live for Him with their whole heart. God has begun to reveal to me the importance of praising Him during difficult times. It has been my experience that through the difficult times I am able to see a clear picture of God’s grace. I’m amazed at the lessons I learn from watching 6th graders worship God. I’m blessed to see students weep over the salvation of their parents.
Students many times are viewed as “second class” or “not yet the church”, but I have the privilege to see students to minister to each other. My heart is for this generation to rise up and take their place as servants of Christ.
“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12
P.S. I love this picture of some of the students!
Here’s a video from Fusion weekend that Justin (my brother), Casey, and I did for the youth. We had a lot of fun with it!
What do you think?