When is the last time you actually sat down and talked youth ministry? I’m not talking about doing youth ministry, because we all know we are in the trenches when it comes to doing. I’m talking about sitting down with your staff or your team of volunteers and talked about youth ministry in general and just took a step back and looked in on the ministry you are serving. I think it is healthy.
This is why I loved this past week when our whole team sat down for Book Club. A few weeks ago we all got the book “Sustainable Youth Ministry” by Mark DeVries and we set a meeting for our team to read a few chapter and just sit down and talk about what we read. We talked about what stood out to us in the book and how we can relate it to our ministry. We talked about what we think we are doing well and what could possibly change. It was incredibly refreshing that we can just sit and actually talk about the whats, whys and hows of ministry in general and ministry in our particular context.
One of the things I pulled out of the book which got me thinking a ton about what we do was “A great organization becomes great when it has the ability and willingness to abandon what made them great to steam ahead. Many organizations hold on to what was successful and it might not now be the best way to do it.” Our team always says, “The best ideas win.” Doesn’t matter if it worked before, does it work now? It’s so great to be able to sit down with our team and talk ministry and take a step back.
I would recommend it to any team of people and for a volunteer team. What a great way to just sit back and take a look at your ministry and dream and talk it through with the people you are in the trenches with.