Monday, September 28, 2009

Quick Youth Ministry Thought

The other day I was talking with a friend about youth ministry when it occurred to me that it has been 17 years since I gave my first message in a youth group. I still remember that night very well, and even the lesson I taught. I remember in those early days of being involved in youth ministry thinking that my messages would change students lives. While I still feel blessed that God gives me 20-30 minutes a week to share His word with students, I learned a long time ago that what I say in a message to students is really a drop in the bucket when compared to what I do with students. I firmly believe that there is nothing more impactful in youth ministry than a caring leader making a personal connection with a student. That is why I am so excited about the leaders we have in our high school Fusion (small) groups this year. Each one shows a strong desire to connect and care for the students they have. I'm excited to see what happens and I feel great things coming!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

16 Signs Of A Poor Leader

Here's a good list for any of you leaders to self check on a regular basis. (ht PNoble)

16 Signs A Leader Has Lost His Mind

#1 – He refuses to admit his mistakes.

#2 – He begins to blame the problems on people or circumstances rather than actually seeking out what the problem might be.

#3 – He refuses to listen to the team assembled around him.

#4 – He fights every idea that isn’t his own, thinking his originality is what must keep the church afloat.

#5 – He refuses to face reality.

#6 – He is unwilling to make the necessary changes because it would be highly unpopular.

#7 – He tries to listen to what everyone has to say about every situation.

#8 – He begins to believe that God’s favor on his life is because of how good he is rather than because of how good God is!

#9 – He believes that he can’t learn anything from churches that are smaller than his. (This would be arrogance!)

#10 – He abuses his staff to accomplish his agenda rather than leading them to accomplish God’s.

#11 – He fears asking for commitment because of how people may perceive him.

#12 – He becomes obsessed with the way things are rather than how they should be.

#13 – He views himself as an expert.

#14 – He tries to motivate with fear rather than vision.

#15 – He doesn’t seek fresh revelation from God and often goes back to what has been done instead of seeking direction for what has never been done.

#16 – He stops taking risks and becomes obsessed with playing it safe.