What I like most about this week’s articles from Kurt and Josh is the necessity of the “ASK.” Too often, student ministry is the land of “invite and expect.” Send one mass email, do a funny video requesting help, make an appeal from the stage, and we expect people to respond. We’re actually surprised when they don’t respond. The problem is that our efforts only address invitation. Salesmen have known about the “ASK” for years. Do you think they would dare let you off the car lot after you have driven the car and heard the sales pitch without actually asking you what it would take for you to buy the car? No way! But that’s exactly what we expect to happen when we make a mass appeal and never follow up with a personal “ASK.” Threaded throughout Kurt and Josh’s articles is the evidence of the “ASK.” Personally ask department leaders if they need help and want to be a part of your ministry fair.
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Give your students the opportunity to talk directly with a ministry leader. Quickly engage your student in ministry. Ask for ministry ideas from fellow youth workers. The “ASK” gives people the opportunity to respond. It shows them that you value them and that they are more than just any-warm-body-that-would-show-up.
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