When I was 9 years old I had to do a project on the Panama Canal. Â The assignment was to write a 5 page paper that explained the history and structure of this modern wonder. Â Let’s just say I took a simple assignment and made it complex, instead of 5 pages it ended up being 15. Â When I handed in the project in it’s vinyl cover, I could tell my teacher was a little overwhelmed. Â In the end I didn’t get the best grade because I failed to follow directions.
There are times when you will go over the top because you are eitherÂ OVERLY PASSIONATE orÂ INCREDIBLY STRESSED. Â When your emotions gain control of your actions it’s easy to make what you do too complex. Â This can cause:
- Confusing Messages
- Irrelevant Activities
- Unclear Communication
- Competing Systems
In other words it will water down your ministry and make it ineffective. Â To avoid this you need to know the basics of your ministry. Â That means knowing:
The Bottom Line: When delivering a message or an email you need to know what it is you are trying to say. Â Take what you are trying to say and boil it down to one sentence. Â Once you have that you can build on it; however, keep it clear.
What You Are Designed To Do: At the end of the day why does your ministry exist? Â Answering this question will help you know the impact you are supposed to have on the students. Youth ministers can be lured into trying to be everything to anyone; however, God has given your ministry one purpose. Â Focus on that purpose and you’ll see your ministry flourish.
Your Work Flow: A complex schedule will lead to overworking and exhaustion. Â Creating a schedule and making to-do lists will help you sort out your day and tasks. Â You’ll see what you are doing that isn’t necessary and what needs all your attention. Â By prioritizing your work flow you’ll be able to build momentum and create more capacity in your life.
It’s easy to find ourselves in a complex ministry because you’ll be eager to impress students. Â You’ll find yourself in situations when you want to say everything about a certain subject. Â And then there will be seasons when Satan is attacking, making life confusing and when that happens it’s time to slow down. Â Find a pace, ask God for guidance and go back to the basics.
Where else does ministry need to be more simple?
Chris Wesley (@chrisrwesley)