The One Thing and Your Youth Ministry

I just read a very interesting book.

Even though it is not specifically about Youth Ministry I do think it would be a huge benefit to you.  In fact I think you should click here and buy it as soon as possible.  It is not a difficult or long read, but it is worth it.

It is called The One Thing.  When you open up the book, the first thing you will read is this Russian proverb;

“If you chase two rabbits you will not catch either one

This is really the message of the book.  The authors argue that if you want to have extraordinary results then you must focus. Here’s what you need to focus on… 

 What Is Your One Thing

So if you are like me, my first question was, “how do I find out what the one thing is?”

The authors make it very simple.  They have a question that we are supposed to ask of ourselves.  Here it is;

“What’s the One Thing I can do

such that by doing it

everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

A simple but powerful question.  It forces you to come up with a focused answer.

 So What For Youth Ministry

Work with me here.  Think about all of these potential questions.

  • what is the one thing you can do to reach more students
  • what is the one thing you can do to disciple more students
  • what is the one thing you can do help parents disciple their students

Here is the key, you need to ask a GREAT question in order for you to be able to find a GREAT answer.

 

You want your answer to be BIG and SPECIFIC.

BIG = dream a little.  Rely on God.  Don’t say we want to reach a few students.

SPECIFIC = words like few or many or the entire city are too vague.  we want to reach 300 new students this year is specific.

 Now What

Now you need to do what the authors call Goal Setting to the Now.  This is setting a future goal and then methodically drilling down to what you should be doing right now.

It looks something like this;

  • Someday Goal: what’s the One Thing you want to do someday?
    • 5 Year Goal: based on my someday goal, what’s the One Thing I can do in the next 5 years
      • 1 Year Goal: based on my 5 year goal, what’s the One Thing I can do this year?
        • Monthly Goal: based on my 1 year goal, what’s the One Thing I can do this month?
          • Weekly Goal: based on my monthly goal, what’s the One Thing I can do this week?
            • Daily Goal: based on my weekly goal, what’s the One Thing I can do today?
              • Right Now: based on daily goal, what’s the One Thing I can do right now?

 

Can you imagine if you became this focused in leading your Youth Ministry?  Could you imagine if you became this focused in leading your life?

 I think it is worth a try!  What do you think?

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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.