by Brian Downing
February 6, 2013 Coaching Call
What does a purposeful youth ministry look like?
We may know how to create a service or event with purpose but is our youth ministry, as a whole, created with purpose?
- Here’s The Problem
Most youth ministries are only partially purposeful.
Youth ministries tend to operate in a Rogue manner: Random events, random services, inconsistent ministries, little to no movement, poor ministry transitions and short term planning.
Don’t confuse a powerful movement with long term effectiveness in your youth ministry. Reward requires strategic planning (maneuvering through rough waves)!
- Here’s Why It Is A Problem:
We fail to maximize our long term ministry effectiveness.
Great services/events do not = a purposeful ministry. Sometimes God moves despite us!How?
- Student’s needs can be missed after a great service/event.
- Relationships may be overlooked.
- Your services purpose may be misunderstood!
The seeds we want to plan may fall on stony ground w/out being purposeful.
3. Here’s How To Fix It
We must make decisions based on our vision.
Personal Decisions vs. Vision Based Decisions:
- Personal decisions are made by what we value and our experiences.
- Vision Based Decisions are made through the primary mode of Vision.
5 steps to developing a purposeful youth ministry
- Establish a goal.
- Develop steps to reaching your goal. (Discipleship is a step with many potential ministries and programs.)
- Eliminate any distractions. (Ask Samson!)
- Build ministries and events around the vision.
- Create transitional pieces that move you toward your vision.
3 filters for vision based decision making
- How does this decision line up with God’s Word?
- How does this decision help us disciple students?
- How does this decision line up with our Pastor/Church vision?
“The steps of the righteous are order by the Lord. Though they may stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord will uphold their hand.”