In Minnesota, we like to joke that we have only two seasons—winter and road construction. Spring through fall brings a seemingly endless number of orange cones, rough roads, and crazy detours. Imagine navigating these challenges with no clear or compelling destination in mind. I’ll put up with the challenges for a restful week at a cabin, but not for a trip to a hotdog stand. The final destination makes all the difference.
Most of us are entering a type of “road construction” season with regard to children’s and youth ministry. Challenges abound. That is why it is so important to begin this journey with a clear, compelling goal in mind—one that will inspire the church, parents, teachers, and volunteers to join together for what may be a rough road ahead. We need a goal worthy of our greatest efforts and relentless perseverance. Something like…
Our goal (vision) is that our children and youth will, by God’s sovereign grace:
Or, to put it more succinctly,
Our goal (vision) is that the next generations know, honor, and treasure God, setting their hope in Christ alone, so that they will live as faithful disciples for the glory of God.
Has your church been actively pursuing this kind of biblical vision? Is it being heralded from the pulpit? Has it been embraced in the pews, classrooms, and homes? Is it serving to inspire and guide the church and families through the “road construction” of the coming school year? What are some practical steps for moving forward?
Next Steps for Ministry Leaders
Next Steps for Parents and/or Ministry Volunteers
Yes, we are all heading into ministry “road construction” this year. But our ultimate goal remains the same. Let’s pursue it with unshakable confidence remembering this command and promise from the King of kings and Lord of lords:
…“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”—Matthew 28:18-20