I’ve been reading the blog series about “predictability” over on Tony Morgan’s site. Have you? Tony has been challenging church leaders (in literally every position) to examine if they are becoming too predictable. In his words, “it feels like I’m attending the same worship service every weekend.”
I can’t tell you how much I agree with his thoughts.
I’ve attended way too many church services that have felt the exact same.
There’s always 3 songs upfront, announcements typically fall in the same spot, there’s just enough prayer (we open, we close … that’s it), and of course, there’s the message.
And said church has several worship services now, so you must be done on time. Preacher, you better wrap it up. Count it down now …
Tony shares that today’s youth pastor simply recreates Sunday mornings. And, yes, it’s predictable. His challenge is to recreate how we do youth ministry. Go back to the drawing board.
I’ve felt this way for a while. In fact, I challenged my team months ago to help me rethink youth group. It felt too predictable. And I certainly don’t want to be predictable. I want to be effective. No one really wants predictability when they come to worship. They want predictability at Starbucks. That Pumpkin Spice Latte better taste just right too!
So what are your thoughts? Is Youth Ministry too predictable?
“I really believe there’s an opportunity out there for today’s youth pastors to help us break through the predictability challenge. Create something brand new. Take some risks and fail. In the end, though, I’m praying you help us find a way to reach more students for Jesus and help them experience the abundant life only found in Christ.”
— Tony Morgan
Read Tony Morgan’s post [here]. And please, drop me a comment and let me know what you think?
Next week on the Podcast: I’m interviewing Orange team member, Jeremy Zach about what is trending in Youth Ministry. We’ll be discussing this very topic on the show… in addition to other questions I have for him.
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