November 11, 2009

Important vs Most Important

Filed under: Youth Ministry — Neil @ 1:17 pm

I just read a great youth ministry article by Doug Fields where he talks about important vs. most important.  You can read the entire article by clicking here.  Here’s a a few of the highlights:

Activities vs. Attention
Lock-ins, all-nighters and crazy games can be great activities to help students build community and connect with adult leaders, but I believe that students crave attention more than having a good time.
There have been times over my ministry career when I have focused so heavily on the activities themselves that I didn’t spend enough time with students. The event might have come together seamlessly, but the more important element had been discarded.
I am convinced that you don’t have to have a flashy youth ministry. Instead you need loving adults paying attention to students. When you do that, then your ministry will grow; students will want to share their faith and bring their friends to your ministry.

Students vs. Caring Adults
Obviously we as youth workers care about students and want to reach students. But youth workers should focus on recruiting more caring adults to the ministry. Your ministry must outlive you. In order to do this you must find people who will still be involved in the ministry when you leave.
When a lot of churches look for people to help out in the youth ministry, they look for people who are young and flashy. That’s fine as long as those people are going to find other caring adults who are going to love those kids.


1 Comment »

  1. I agree. I struggle with this as well. We can get so busy that we forget about relationship. Relationship always wins in the end. That is where life change happens.
    I am enjoying reading your blog Neil!!

    Comment by kstanteen — November 12, 2009 @ 10:56 am

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