God is Glorious
It’s Sunday morning, the coffee is flowing through my veins and our Worship team is blowing up some new bluegrass song that has everyone dancing around like it’s a straight ho down. God is glorious.
That could be the end of this post.
God is glorious, He is faithful and He is alive. We can see it in everything, it’s written on our hearts, sung in our music and lived through our lives. You may have jacked things up, rolling deep in some sin issue, but the fact remains God is glorious. He makes all things good and even through our sin He isn’t stopped. It’s the Good News, Jesus’ blood is sufficient. Our sins have been paid for at a high cost. We sing about it on Sunday’s and we talk about it in small groups. We press it out daily in our lives (hopefully) and we…. There is something missing.
Let me draw out a picture of how our Youth is run at the Bridge. We meet weekly for a missional group. It’s just that, a mission. Currently, we are working through the Multiply curriculum, because we believe that middle school and high school teens are more than capable of understanding The Great Commission.
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:18-20)
So if we know that our teens can cognitively understand The Great Commission and they know the Good News, why are teens falling away from the Church? Why is it so difficult to keep them engaged, wanting and yearning for the Creator of all? It’s simple really, the church (notice the small c) becomes irrelevant and frankly boring to teens. It’s the truth, eventually the programs, events and games fall short. This shouldn’t surprise us, all of these things are temporal. So the question is how do we keep students involved with ministry?
You make the student ministry theirs. You make their relationship with Jesus theirs. It seems to me that Jesus doesn’t become a rhythm in the youths daily lives. The Gospel doesn’t permeate their hearts and their minds and their souls. This is true with students and it’s probably more true than we would like to admit in our congregations. Fostering a desire or a passion is one thing. Faking it for a social medium or to please something is another.
Five Ways to Promote Adding New Rhythms
- Focus on mission. Mission drives community and action to teaching. Your community should know who you are.
- Stop Talking. Teach and develop leaders in your ministry. It’s great that you can do what you do, but your going to die. Don’t let the church die because you got smoked by a bus on your way to Starbucks. We all have amazing God given gifts, foster them and develop future leaders. This drives right back to Focus on Mission. Encourage and push the envelop on pressing the Gospel out in your community.
- Get life on life. Yeah, yeah I now this is Christianeze for meeting up with someone every week. Blah blah blah. Get life on life, that means that you fall deeply in love with the people you shepherd. If you can’t spread that much love, Train leaders. You can’t handle everyone and fall in love with them or their families. (Note: Jesus love, this love needs to have boundaries.)
- Get Dynamic and Organic. If you show up too every meeting with a certain amount of questions and a stricted time schedule you automatically set up barriers and agendas. You limit communication and make it really difficult to be real.
- Teach with the intention of mission. If you’re teaching the Gospel it should be driving you to mission. You’re community, your life. If you’re teaching without the intention of mission you aren’t rolling out point 1 – 3. You aren’t pressing towards The Great Commission and you aren’t following what Jesus commanded us to do.
It’s getting long, there is a lot of information here… get at it. Press the mission, press Jesus and build people up through love.