Thursday, September 1, 2011

Church Gathering Thoughts 1.0

For the last two years my wife and I have been "in charge" of planning and leading the youth ministry at Pekin Bible Church.  I'll confess that with each year my plans get less and less impressive.  But at the same time we fall more and more in love with the youth that we're serving.  And I continue to be amazed by youth workers (both volunteer and paid) as leading a youth ministry involves much more than I originally thought.

So now we're heading into a third year and I'm purposefully not trying to impress anyone (students, parents, other ministry workers) with any amazing plan.  I've shifted my thinking to ask: "How can I make the meeting times I'm in charge of Bible-centered, Bible-emulating and youth-led?"

So here's the plan.  Call it simple if you want, but I already told you it wasn't going to impress.

The goal of this one-page guide is to include elements of fellowship, prayer, and Scripture; all in a way that anyone could replicate after only seeing it once or twice.  Why this focus on simplicity?  Acts shows us an example of explosive growth, led mostly by people who didn't have any training.  No one needed to go to school for four years to lead a ministry, (in fact, these guys did it without asking.)

Let me close by saying: I have no idea if this is going to work, but I think that the potential is well worth the risk.

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