Yesterday I posted a blog I wrote in 2009 on “Six Reasons we aren’t growing.” This blog is my new perspective on the first three reasons
1) Your Ministry is Boring
I think back about my own time in student ministry. By modern day standards, much of the programming was pretty dull. There weren’t bumper videos before talks. The band often didn’t have a drummer. We often used over head slides. Yet the ministry out grew our church which was growing extremely fast.
I’m all for fun and dynamic ministry, but at the same time, it’s better to have leaders that love students than leaders who are fun without love.
If you know you need to make a change, make it sooner than later.
WIth my own ministry, we’re in the process of changing when our high school ministry meets. From a leadership standpoint, the change and risk are very easy choices. However, we’ve been doing things the way we’ve been doing things for longer than any of our high schoolers have been in high school. Therefore, the change is something none of our students have experienced. Therefore, we’re getting push back.
When taking a risk, consider how big of a change it will be for your students AND their parents. This will help prepare you to better communicate the change to your students.
If you take the Bible seriously, you have to take seriously that each believer has spiritual, supernatural gifts. You’re being a fool if you don’t tap into this potential.
I’m a gifted communicator clearly with the gift of teaching, but I’m also a very awkward evangelist. At the same time, one of my youth leaders is decent communicator, but a brilliant and passionate relational evangelist. As I look over my leaders, we’re all gifted with a different mix. Every single one of them brings something to the table which I can’t bring.
Discover your leader’s spiritual gifts, call out their potential, and watch how God uses them in your ministry.