3 Questions We Must Ask!!!

Most of the time we complicate things…

-We over-think them.

In hockey they call this, squeezing the stick too hard.  You want to get a goal so bad that you over think it. You try too hard. As a result you don’t score the goal. Here’s what I think…

I think the same thing happens in youth ministry. We can get too professional. We become too much of an expert. The result is we forget why we started doing youth ministry in the first place.

We forget the big picture.

The big picture is what guides us in the decisions that we have to make every week in youth ministry.

Let me show you. What would you do in the following situations?

What To Do?

  • A student tells you his friend got his girlfriend pregnant and they have an abortion planned, what do you do?
  • Rumor has it that a student on your worship team is being very promiscuous with other students, what do you do?
  • You have a student of Muslim background that has been coming to youth; he mentions that his parents are very concerned, what do you do?
  • There is a student in your group that is a social outcast and does not seem to connect with anyone else, what do you do?
  • You have had a very big influx of non-Christians in your group and many parents and students are concerned and some mad about the potential problems/influence this could and is having on the existing group, what do you do?

Try This!

This is what you do in each and every situation.  This is the big picture that is so easily lost.  You love God, love students (Matt. 22:34-40) and make disciples (Matt. 28:16-20).

No matter the situation you ask yourself these 3 big picture questions;

  1. How can I love God in this situation?
  2. How can I love the student in this situation?
  3. How can I make disciple in this situation?

This is the big picture.  These are the three questions that we can never forget.  If we do we will lose our way and our students are too precious for us to lose our way.

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Tyson Howells

Tyson is the associate youth ministry director for Vanguard Youth Ministry Institute. He has been a youth pastor for many years in Winnipeg as well as in Edmonton. Tyson is passionate in seeing relational youth ministry that results in youth that are passionate about following Jesus. He still leads a small group at the youth group in his home church.