What is the One Thing?
It is about to happen.
Here in the coming weeks there will a mass return from the camps, beaches, lake houses and vacations.
Summer is almost over and your program is in its final stages of gearing up for the Fall bump.
There are a million things probably swirling around in your head today; Do the teachers have their curriculum?, Is the worship ready to go? I need to do that final run through of the small groups to make sure they are all equally distributed. Don’t forget to order the pizza for the big kick off party.
The list goes on and on….
There are so many things on your radar screed that it looks like enemies are attacking from all sides!
All of these things are important, really important, but what is the one thing?
What is that one thing you are going to focus on above and beyond the daily “to-do” lists that make up everyday ministry?
What is your overarching goal for the ministry to achieve this year that will be an underpinning or overtone to the student ministry of your churches ministry to students for the next 12 months?
Take some time over the coming weeks and think about it. Ask yourself the question, “What big thing does the ministry need to move into its next God called incarnation”? “What does this ministry need to focus on in everything it does, at least at some level, over the course of this next year”?
Over the past few years some of these grand overarching topics in my ministry have been; Hospitality, Sacred Community, Service and Relationships. I only pick one a year and focus on it.
I try to hold these topics, just one a year, at the top of my list, always asking, “Is this happening today”? or “How can I infuse this event with this focus”? I do not do this alone or in secret. I make this vision known to staff, students, volunteers and though talks and studies. I try to find practical ways to include it in conversations and empower those around me to practice it in everyday situations.
Each of our ministries have deficits or things that we need to work on. It is not a weakness to recognize these, it is a strength and will strengthen your community. So, what is the one thing? What is that one thing that you are going to undergird your ministry, events, retreats and studies with this year? Is it Community? Prayer? Accountability? Hospitality? Fun?
What is it?
What is your one thing?