â€œAnd the time came for her to be delivered, and she gave birth to her first-born son, wrapped him swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger â€“ because there was no room for them in the inn.â€
What will your youth ministry give birth to this coming year? Iâ€™m thinking that, by now, youâ€™re 1) taking a little breather from a hectic church schedule and 2) considering what you want to change/add/delete in your youth ministry come January. If thatâ€™s so, youâ€™re right on track with the rest of us.
Hereâ€™s a few questions Iâ€™d like you to noodle on in that spaghetti bowl of multiple thoughts for the future:
â€œNo room in the innâ€ â€“ What do you need to â€œclose the door onâ€ in your ministry?
â€œNo room in the innâ€ â€“ What habits send the message to your family that thereâ€™s no room for them in your schedule? What can you do about that in 2013?
â€œNo room in the innâ€ â€“ When students come for the first time to your youth group, what message do they get: â€œThe door is always open!â€ or â€œReally, thereâ€™s no room for you hereâ€? What 5 steps can you take to maximize one and minimize the other?
â€œNo room in the innâ€ â€“ What rooms in the â€œhome of youâ€ have you shut God out?
I’ll be thinking about this, too.
Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!