“In spite of all our plans and preparations, the best (youth) ministries are continually working and improving their plans, rewriting the script every day, laying tracks just a few yards ahead of the train.”Mark DeVries, Sustainable Youth Ministry
An acquaintance asked me the other day to share some insights from working 15 months in my new role in a church in Hamilton, ON.
After some reflection, here are 15 key Insights from 15 months.
- Keep up meeting with those whom you serve, however that might take place, and listen for what’s important to them.
- Familiarize with the way things operate and be curious to inquire ‘Why?’. Then listen.
- Regularly survey or ask feedback from the people you serve to improve things as you go.
- Lead by example and invite people to join in whatever is going on, or whatever is being planned for the future.
- Create opportunities to invite newcomers and neighbours to things going on in the church or in our homes.
- Be sensitive when introducing new things; we all don’t like change.
- Repeat, repeat, repeat. Leadership is continually repeating messages.
- Don’t assume everyone loves Jesus.
- Be careful when you meet others; they just might know a little more about Jesus than you do.
- Picture for people what’s possible, often more than what they see for themselves.
- Keep expectations realistic so as not to be disappointed.
- Thank people often, even for the small things.
- Remain teachable and flexible.
- Pray often.
- Remember, God is God and I am not. He is in control.
“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house…”Apostle Peter