I get fatigued easily.
And not just because going up a flight of stairs and weighing 287 pounds gets me out of breath (former football player here, on the Youth Pastor Diet). I get fatigued hearing myself speak. You see, I say the same things over and over and over again.
What am I repeating? Glad you asked (though, just for the record, it was coming either way):
The MISSION of our student ministry
Simply put, this is the WHY we exist. Why are we here? What are we trying to accomplish?
The VISION of our student ministry
This is HOW we’re going to get there. It takes our mission and puts it into bite-sized goals. It is what we believe it’s going to take to accomplish our mission.
The VALUES of our student ministry
This is our style, our feel, and the way we minister. These describe the type of people who I believe God will lead to our ministry. These are the type of people who I believe are in our volunteer meetings. And if they’re not, either they aren’t a fit or they’re on their way to be … or they’re out all together.
OK, I feel a bit guilty. All this business-speak and tactical stuff made me convicted for just a minute. What we want to repeat over and over again that this ministry is all about Jesus. All about the life-change only He can bring. I can never get fatigued about this one … repeat, repeat, and then repeat again the story of our amazing Jesus.
Whew! Sorry for the Jesus juke at the end there. Wasn’t my plan when I outlined the blog post. Needed that for my own heart … hope it hits you where you need it, too!
What else are you repeating? Share another one now!
Josh Griffin is the co-founder of Download Youth Ministry and the one of the leading voices of youth ministry online. He’s written a few books but cares mostly about resourcing youth workers. Check out much more at Love God, Love Students blog at DownloadYouthMinistry.com and on his Twitter @joshuagriffin.