Learned a couple of great lessons today – the first being you never want to take a college library orientation that lasts nearly two hours. Man, those guys are excited about books. Enjoy the picture of me and a guy who is sleeping during the tour. We tried to set off the “book stealing alarm” a few times by throwing books through it, but apparentlyit was turned off. Bummer.The second less was that apparently blogging doesn’t help you with grammar, as I learned per my placement test scores.
Reading this over, I think they may be right.
Just about done with the new book by Celebrate Recovery author John Baker. Managed to snag a copy of it up at the Summit this week. It is going to be a very popular book, especially for those in the most intense darkness – there’s some powerful testimonies of people in all sorts of situation that found healing and recovery, and included are all of the principles that John speaks about every week at the CR meetings.
My favorite part of the book, one that he keeps hitting on every few pages, is life-changing salvation from Jesus Christ. So often people question the “higher power” of AA and programs that offer recovery, but this book will leave no doubts in the minds of the readers: true recovery is incomplete without Christ.
And that’s a message we all need to remember.
Been talking to quite a few youth workers in transition these days, and been posting some good articles on the subject recently, too. This analogy has been floating around in my head with these people in mind. Thoughts?
Let’s say you work for Microsoft.
But, you love what Apple is doing. In fact, what Apple is doing fits your giftedness and you see how you could fit on their team so well. You see incredible dedication, innovation and an environment where it is at least expected if not demanded. Microsoft is the giant, with a huge share of the industry’s market – but Apple, smaller but growing, has a huge share of the industry’s innovation.
But … you work for Microsoft. Microsoft needs you – they have plans for innovation and creativity, your charter is to help it head towards Apple-like status, in fact, to head down that road then blow right past the rebellion. But you see the barriers. You see trends in the past where product releases have been underwhelming and you’ve seen it up close for so long all you see are the flaws. You compare yourself endlessly to Apple, and you wonder if you would be ultimately be more fulfilled over there.
Do you go or do you stay?
I know the analogy breaks down on some levels and totally doesn’t account for God’s Spirit, but I’m still curious what you think.
I just posted an article from Jim Clark on the PDYMCommunity.com website that talks about getting back to the basics of youth ministry and spending time with students. Here’s a clip, head there for the rest:
But for several different reasons, graduate school didn’t seem like the right fit. I was restless with classes that only talked about ministering to students. I was eager to begin. Shortly before beginning the fall semester, I agreed to help out a friend with his week of junior high camp. And I’m glad I did. It was during that week that God laid on my heart the desire to minister to students full time. As I looked around at the other counselors who were serving that week, I realized that they were doing what I wanted to do in terms of serving, leading and guiding students toward the cross and the Savior. My heart was changed that week. A few months later I found myself working the “best job ever” in a local church.
Fast forward to the present… This week I found myself lying awake in bed for the countless time. I was thinking about everything and nothing all at the same time. I was thinking about problems that had come up over the weekend. I was thinking about tasks that were looming and not yet completed. I was thinking about obligations that I had made but had been either unwilling or unable to follow through with. I was thinking about church office politics (and how much I hated it). I was thinking about lessons that needed to be written, messages that needed to be finished, emails that needed to be sent, phone calls that needed to be made, meetings, to-do-list items, projects, trips, calendars, attendance…
And then it hit me: Why don’t I feel the same way about ministry now that I did eight years ago?
Do people drive by your church without saying a word anymore? Is your church worth making a remark about? Is your church a purple cow? Good stuff here …