Learning to pace myself. Taking small steps toward big things.

I want us to reach a lot of teenagers for Jesus. I want us to have a strong presence in local schools. I want to build up teams that train teenagers to become leaders in the local church. 

I want what I want and I want it now! However, I know that it is the small methodical steps that will move us toward our goals, not large leaps. Because of this we are walking our way through a series of questions that will get us to where we need to be. 

Where do we want to be in the fall?

We have a very detailed picture of what our youth ministry looks like as far as team members, ministry departments, school outreaches, small groups and facilities by October of this year. 

What do we need to do in order to get there?

It doesn't do anyone any good to have an idea of where we want to go but not map out exactly how to get there. So we have come up with a six step journey to our fall destination. 

Step One - Capture a Clear Vision

Step Two - Give the students ownership. 

Step Three - Create Momentum

Step Four - Raise up a team of leaders. 

Step Five - Have strong summer gatherings. 

Step Six - Keep walking out step two through five. 

The last ten weeks we have been walking through the game plan.

Last night was a strong step in the right direction. We had very strong attendance, new volunteers meeting, kids responded amazingly well to the message on authority and everyone had a blast during our activity time. 

Next week we will take a few more steps.

We will continue our "Look at life a whole new way" teaching series.  We will get our new team members officially plugged into their host, registration, cafe, production, and activities teams. We will open our mini Cafe, as well as launch our new game room area with Fooseball, Air Hockey, 14' Video Game Screen, and board games for students to hang out and enjoy. 

We are not where we want to be. But at this pace, we will be right where we need to be when school starts back up in the fall. I'm learning to pace myself and so should you. 

Here are a few questions for you and your team.

Where do you want to be in the fall? 

What is your game plan to get there?

What do you need to start doing that you are not?

What do you need to stop doing that is keeping you from moving forward?

Who do you need to add to your team?

What is your game plan to add them?

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