Monday, March 2, 2009

National Youth Ministry Conference

Wow! Wow! Wow!

This is going to be a two part (or more) post. This one is going to be just me writing, rather randomly. The next post will be me writing some thought-out thoughts about the conference: it may take me a few days to process everything that happened in the last three days.

First off, if you're in youth ministry (in any capacity) we'll be in Chicago in 2010 and are inviting you to join us. This thing was awesome . . . uplifting, educational, informative, inspiring. Wow! Doug Fields, kudoo's to you, you put really put together the conference you dreamed of. Down to earth, practical, knowledable, Godly, honest people. Wow!

It's all so overwhelming right now. I really want to write about everything, but I just can't write now.

This is what God told me:

"Go deeper, they'll go with you.
You're messed up. You're BELOVED.
Richard will be going into full-time ministry, before you planned."

The first and last thing scare the heck out of me. The middle just made me cry.

We also have a lot of work to do. It's frustrating for me to know what I need to do to have a successful youth ministry, but feel like I don't have the time to do it. So I have a lot of prayer work to do.


Rev. David Lawrence said...

What yardstick are you using to measure a successful ministry? You and I and most ministers can be pretty hard on ourselves 'cause there is always one more phone call, one more visit, one more program or approach to try... I think God expects us to just do the next right thing, to do our best to take advantage o the opportunities that are put in our path. Goodness knows we're going to mess up, but the point is to keep trudging that path of happy destiny!

Kendra_Kendle said...

Successful ministry should be gauged by spiritual growth. I believe fully though that one of the fruits of spiritual growth should be growth in numbers. I'm a math person, so here's a math ministry thought:

spiritual growth --> number growth =/ number growth --> spiritual growth.

READ: --> implies
=/ does not equal

There are other ways to number grow a church without nurturing spiritual growth. I would consider that unsuccessful.

Amanda said...

Good one, girlie. Love you!