Occasionally Kurt and I take the time to take on â€œthe 3â€ and this week our topic is what we are each learning right now about ourselves and ministry. Iâ€™ve picked out things Iâ€™ve learned in the pastâ€¦or I think Iâ€™ve learned them in the past because it seems like all three of these are old and new at the same time. Hereâ€™s what Iâ€™m learning this week:
1: Jesus is still changing lives!
I loved taking to students this weekend at churchâ€”seeing them move from seekers to the savedâ€¦watching them move from atheist to at-least-curious. Jesus is changing lives every week in your ministry. You might not see it, but it is happening. Teenagers are being drawn to Christ, and what youâ€™re doing matters for the kingdom. It seems like every time I get frustrated with ministry, or wonder if itâ€™s worth it, God shows me that heâ€™s still in the business of saving people.
2: Camp works!
Holy smokesâ€¦camp was incredible this summer! I love that summer camp still worksâ€”despite the roadblocks of summer sports and summer school. Camp works!
3: Your capacity has to grow with your ministry.
Iâ€™ve had the realization recently that the people around me who have stuck it out in our church have increased their capacity every year. Not just work production, but their hearts have grown larger and their relational skills have increased. As your ministry grows, you need to as wellâ€”so here at the end of summer it begs a great question: How are you growing in productivityâ€”working smarter not harder?
How are you leveraging new technology or ideas to reach more, and be more effective? And secondly, how are you growing spirituallyâ€”are you growing closer to Christ as your serve him?
What are you learning here at the end of summer?
This post was written by Josh Griffin and Kurt Johnston and originally appeared as part of Simply Youth Ministry Today free newsletter. Subscribe to SYM Today right here.