Youth Ministry Legacy

I think about making an impact and the legacy I’m leaving (er not leaving…) a lot. And I do mean a lot! I shudder to think about the possibility that time would pass me by and students (and adults) who have been a part of our ministry would not be impacted in some way as a result of my leadership. I so desperately want to make a difference. I want to leave a legacy.

Just recently my buddy Josh Griffin tweeted this:

He then followed up with a blog post with some questions that the experience triggered. I’ll list a couple of his questions, including a few of my own. Go [here] to read his post.

  • When was the last time I prayed for the legacy of our youth ministry?
  • What will people say about the ministry I was a part of today in 13 years?
  • What kind of investment am I making now in students… and adults?
  • Am I making decisions about our ministry keeping in mind that other ministers will succeed me?
  • Am I intentional about creating ministry for transformation not just information?

What kind of questions or thoughts does this trigger for you? 

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Interviewed by Josh Griffin, MoreThanDodgeball.com

I was recently interviewed by my good friend, Josh Griffin, over at MoreThanDodgeball.com about my new book, Going Social!  Josh asked me a few questions about the book and then asked me to share a great failure story!  I shared one of the most humiliating things that has happened to me as a youth worker– and you need to read it.  I’m sharing a couple of the questions here.  You can go [here] for the rest.

1 Tell us about the origin of your new book!
I meet a lot of church leaders who are hesitant to use Social Media for whatever reason. I think Social Media is one of the greatest tools of our time that God wants to use to help spread the message of the Gospel. I felt I could help provide a resource that would help dispel many of the common myths that keep church leaders from leveraging Social Media and also offer bite-sized tips on how to use it for ministry.

2 What is one of the most common mistakes when using social media?
My heart behind using any Social Media platform is to use it to connect with people. Whether you have a blog, a twitter or Facebook account, or a YouTube channel, you can use these tools to build relationships. You can inspire people, challenge people, and yes, even connect them to Christ! I think people sometimes forget that.