Ever been to a new church and left with the a vibe about the church that was either positive or negative? Well, I think this happens with a lot of places. I went to what I thought was a fast-food restaurant one time and it changed my life. This place was in a league of it’s own. They cared about my experience from the time I walked in the door til the time I left. I felt cared for and important to them. I literally felt like my experience at this place was their number one priority.
I got the chance to meet the owner of the empire. He explained that what I experienced at one of his many restaurants was the things they value as a business. Then I got to read their mission statement and then my experience made sense.
“To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”
My experience reflected their mission statement. This got me thinking about youth ministry and what would a first time student or parent say about my youth ministry. You see I believe their is an overall message that our youth groups scream out to the people who visit for the first time just like the restaurant I went to. I believe in order for that to happen you must be intentional about it. So here are four things I believe will help you.
- Know and understand the purpose/mission statement. – Everyone that works in your ministry needs to know and understand the purpose of your ministry. If they don’t know it then the overall message of your ministry is probably not reflecting it’s purpose/mission statement.
- Make sure all operations are aligned to the mission/purpose statement. – Check your ministry for well intentioned programs that are not reflecting the mission/purpose of your ministry. Help leaders within the youth group focus their efforts toward aligning their area of ministry with the purpose/mission of the youth group.
- Strategize on ways to scream it even louder. – If you feel like this is the reason God has placed this ministry where it is, then you should feel obligated to do your due diligence in making sure it is reflected at the highest level. Which means looking at the small things that could scream really loud. For an example, if you go to Chick fil a anywhere there is a Chick fil a and say thank-you, you will get the response “my pleasure”. Now, that seems small but it screams their mision statement that says “we want them to have a positive influence on all who comes in contact with Chick fil a. Sometimes it’s the small things that screams the loudest.
- Survey students and parents. – I oversee pastoral care in my youth group and I want a student or parent to be able to say “oh yeah this part of your ministry reflects the purpose/mission of our youth group clearly. In order for that to happen feedback is key. It’s not about are they satisfied with the service, but are we aligned with our purpose/mission statement.
What are some other ways to make sure that your ministry reflects the purpose/mission statement?
hope it helps