A good programming idea, however, can turn sour, leaving leaders asking, "What was wrong with my idea? Why didn’t my specially-designed tool work?" Often, it’s not the program that’s off, but the timing. Here are two diagnostic questions to ask before you launch any new program(s).
When you motivate young people to serve the Lord by serving His people, you will be forced to manage the growth that God will bring in. It will be your task to teach those babies into maturity so that they too can go out and serve.
The music ministry of a church is important for the entire congregation. For the unsaved, it sets the mood for them to hear the gospel and receive the gift of salvation. For the newly saved, it should be exciting enough to awaken them to hear the Word of God for instruction. For the more mature, it sets the mood for praise and worship of the Lord. While the right music cannot save a dead service, the wrong music could seriously injure a living one. The music can be either a vitamin or a tranquilizer.
The church outreach ministry is any ministry that brings the church into the community to reach souls for Christ. No outreach ministry will reach its full potential without planning, preparing, and promoting.
Be the leader you were created to be, not the many you wish you were. While recruiting and retaining with vastly different approaches may appear effective, experience reflects a different view: trying to recruit autocratically and manage relationally -- or vice versa -- leaves too many youth leaders wearing multiple hats simultaneously on a head designed for one.
How can a youth worker manage the volatile feelings that accompany all the preferences represented in a group? What steps can be taken to help us realistically deal with the red hot feelings about gray issues?
Frustrated with an existing part of your program? Wanting to start something new but not sure of all the details? Thinking about going back to the drawing board and restructuring from the ground up? Then grab a blank piece of paper, your top leaders and/or students, and get ready for a worthwhile experience. There’s no need to fear all that white space due to a lack of ideas. Everything you need is right there in front of you!
Hunger. Passion. Drive. Synonymous with thirst, these words drip with intensity and form a prerequisite for effective ministry. They are the unseen force behind innovation, change, and impact; they are the defining difference between maintenance and progress. In a nutshell, a thirst first strategy and approach is not optional; it’s indispensable. In the words of Sprite, "Thirst is everything. Obey your thirst."
Though trends and statistics shouldn’t define our message, they can help us improve our methods. With this in mind, here’s a look at some recent teen statistics, as well as the pros and cons which accompany the trends.
You can’t get it from downloading a bad file. It doesn’t creep in from an infected disk. Yet these viruses exist invisibly, silently sabotaging the "hard drive" of our disciplemaking efforts. Yes, undermining many potentially effective strategies and approaches are two common outreach "viruses" that can limit the scope and impact of any disciplemaking effort.
How would you describe a good teacher? Is it someone who invests vast amounts of time in preparation? Or is it the person who spends limitless time with their students? Or maybe the one who blocks away endless hours for private prayer and devotion? Though each is an important dimension, they do not singularly profile a good teacher. Like much of life, I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle, a combination of all three.
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