The student ministry I serve is about to have its annual "kick-off" event. Maybe the one you serve will also.
And as most new school years begin....a lot of talk arises among youth ministry teams about our ministry's "vision for the year."
May I invite you to remember 3 things about vision as they relate to your youth ministry?:
1. Youth ministry leaders are vision-casters, not vision owners
We are not the dictator. We are not the CEO. We are pastors who listen to the voice of Jesus, study and obey his word, and are responsible to serve students like Jesus did, and still does. We cast His vision and listen for His Word.
2. Youth ministries don't have a vision, they are a vision
Your youth ministry is already a vision for something. What is it? Fun-filled.... excitement-based....entertainment oriented....clubby and cuddley..._________you fill in the blank.
3. There is no biblical vision without a clear Christ-centered mission. Here's our task this year: captivate our students by casting a vision that's bigger than who comes to our youth group. A healthy student ministry vision will take seriously the idea that Jesus is both message and model. We often get the message right as we preach faithfully, study inductively, and speak truthfully into the lives of our students....but it's easy to forget that Jesus is model, too. The shape our youth ministry takes, should seek to follow the rhythm (i.e. the pattern of prayer and action) and orientation (i.e. the type of people Jesus sought out) of Jesus' life.
Let's lead with vision, friends!