This is my first YS! Palooza, and I am stoked to be here. I live 1.5 miles from the venue so it was super convenient. The price is right and, who doesn’t need a day or two to refresh the youth ministry batteries? Here is a running blog of Doug Fields’ message to us all!
Doug just took the stage!
Bait and Switch- a tactic in which a seller advertises a product with the intention of persuading customers to purchase a more expensive product. (aka What happens when you do online dating)
“Maybe you have never thought of the bait and switch as it relates to your ministry”
- We grab this bait of ministry and somehow it gets switched to something else.
- Volunteering in YM turns into you being the youth director!
- To be good in youth ministry all I have to do is love teens.
- All I have to do is eat pizza, tell gross stories and talk to teens about Jesus.
- You gotta develop leaders
- To be good in YM you gotta grow the ministry.
- Reduction is typically not the plan.
- You have to manage ministry growth.
- From ministry to meetings.
- The ministry never ends.
- Growth requires strong leadership
- “John Maxwell be came a stronger voice in my life than Jesus”
- Ministry pressure requires “inner-world” management.
- I wanted to spend less time with the “how-to” and focus more on the “how-come”
- Doug just promoted “What Matters Most” over and above PDYM and First Two Years…
A Few Things that Never Change: Healthy youth ministries need leaders who…
- can authentically say, “Follow me as I follow Jesus.” Youth ministry can move so easily from Jesus to programs. Youth ministry should be a place where students should rub shoulders with people who love, and follow Jesus
- value a collective vision. Being is visionary is highly overrated. The body needs the eyes, and splines, and sphincters. ” I’ve never done anything significant in my ministry ALONE. We are better together!
- are willing to play A part in reaching that vision. “The starring role is reserved for Jesus.” Wow, what a statement!