â€œNothing happens until something moves.â€ Albert Einstein
Conferences are always mountaintop experiences.Â Training, sessions, tracks for days…then the real work begins when you return home. Here a few things you can do to make your ministry move:
Do something new.Â Do something you have never tried before.Â Totally new.Â Try something you believe will fail or seems non-relevant.Â Who knows?Â It might just work.
Do something different.Â Make little changes. Normally break small groups into gender? Try it by grades, school, favorite subject, etc.Â Write your message in your office?Â Try a local coffee shop, at home, in your car, or at the mall. Present your message via video (edited/non-edited) or Skype in from a different location at the church or a local school.Â Always have on-stage games? Try a group game.Â Fully reliant on technology during your service?Â Try a service that doesnâ€™t use any computers, projectors, screens, or microphones.
Do something else.Â This is a â€œtotally different.â€Â Normally have small groups?Â Do away with them for one month and replace it with baking cookies for the church nursery.Â Maybe this is something you have done before and shelved it for some reason or another.Â I always hold meetings somewhere else other than my office, but this week I asked everyone to come to my office.Â This decision reaped huge dividends.Â It was different, and shook the conversation up.
Nothing happens until something (or someone) moves, so go do something!
What can you do this week to make your youth ministry move?
Andrew Brashaw is a youth pastor of 8+ years in New Lothrop, MI.Â He doesnâ€™t blog or own an iPhone, but he does Twitter once a month @andrewbrashaw.