“Shoot for the moon, and you just might hit the street light!”
I’m not sure where I first heard it, but that pithy little quote has served me well over the years. I think it’s a perfect reminder for all of us as we head into a new year of ministry. A new year brings a new opportunity to set goals, make changes, try new things and shoot for the moon! So in that spirit I offer my impossibly large list of youth ministry resolutions for 2016.
I, Kurt Johnston, resolve to….
- Quit calling students in my youth group “dude!” (guys) and “friend!” (girls) and actually do the tough work of learning names.
- Pay attention to my youth ministry budget. It’s not big, but it deserves being stewarded well.
- Send handwritten notes and birthday cards to my volunteers.
- Quit comparing my youth ministry space to the kid’s ministry space.
- Quit comparing my ministry schedule to the Worship Pastor’s.
- Be a more open listener to criticism.
- Catch people on my team doing something good and acknowledge it in front of others.
- Spend more time at the feet of Jesus.
- Worship during the adult church service instead of being critical of it.
- Spend time with my heroes and mentors.
- Be a more intentional mentor to others.
- Graciously adhere to church policies, especially the ones that make no sense to me.
- Pray for my pastor.
- Offer to help a ministry other than my own.
- Leave every part of the church our youth ministry touches better than we found it.
- Say “yes” to at least one ridiculous request my senior pastor makes that everybody else avoids…take one for the team.
For me, that list feels like a moon shot. Some may wonder why it’s even worth making a list of resolutions I know I’ll never fulfill.
But I think sometimes hitting the street light feels pretty good.