Weekend Teaching Series: SHAPE + Ministry Fair (1-off)
Sermon in a Sentence: The saved serve.
Service Length:
42 minutes

Understandable Message: This week my friend Jessica and I shared the stage to teach a short message on SHAPE (Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality and Experiences) and pointed students toward a ministry fair happening right outside the youth room immediately following the service. I love doing these this time of year – it gives us a chance to nudge freshman right into a place to serve and encourage all students to get involved in the church, serving and loving others.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This week we kicked off promotion for our summer calendar and pushed hard for summer camp as we head toward sold-out status. Short service, but lots of energy!

Music Playlist: We Are the Free, Beautiful Things, All I Am

Favorite Moment: I LOVE that everyone in our church that has a ministry had a table set up – we had a ton of serve opportunities within HSM and a ton outside. Students had so many choices – love seeing them sign up and get involved today! I’ll do my best to get some pictures up here on the blog later this week, too.

Up next: STORIES (1-off)

Whenever ministry goes through a growth spurt there are opportunities to grasp.  It might be a mission project, a chance to create a community event or even start a new program within the ministry.  The pressure falls on you as a leader, because after all that’s what leaders do, they lead.  But, does it really need to come down to you?

A practice that leaders need to embrace is putting your best people in front of your biggest opportunities.  The tendency is to put our best people in front of our biggest problems; however, all you are doing is setting them up for doom.  Putting your best people in front of your biggest opportunities will not only extend the capacity of your ministry but also give you the freedom to focus on areas where your attention is needed.  It’s a form of delegation and sharing the burden, but will only pay off if the right people are in the right places.  But, who are they?  Do they even exist in your ministry?  Who are these best people that need to be placed in front of the big opportunities?  They:

Are Trustworthy – You know that they will give you brutal facts and hard truth.  If they disagree they’ll share that with you in public while showing you support in public.  They are someone you know who will not mislead you.

Go Above And Beyond – If they see something before you they’ll initiate on it.  They aren’t meeting your expectations; but going above and beyond.  You are constantly surprised by how much they pour into you and the ministry.

Do Not Worry About Failure – They love the risk because they know big changes come from big ideas and decisions.  They know failure is just another step in the journey and they trust that God will lead them forward.  Because of their faith they are not concerned with what others think.

Are Servant Leaders – They are pastoral by nature because they care for the team.  It’s not about them; it’s about setting the team up for success and glorifying God.  A servant leader looks at what’s best for the ministry before what’s best for them.

Moving someone who is a great leader from one area of ministry to the next can be intimidating.  There is always a little risk associated with a transition like this, that’s why you need to be open and clear with what you want them to do and know.  But, by moving your best people into the biggest opportunities in your ministry you create growth.  Your capacity as a leader will grow because it’s no longer up to you to manage the many different areas of your ministry.

What are the other qualities of your best people?

Chris Wesley is the Director of Student Ministry at Church of the Nativity in Timonium, MD. You can read more great youth ministry articles and thoughts on his exceptional blog Marathon Youth Ministry.