Events Without Purpose

I finished reading the book, “Twisdom” by Matt Lawson. This is a recent book that was published by Group publishing through Simply Youth Ministry. Matt puts together many practical thoughts for student ministry and leadership that he has gained over the years through twitter. He regularly uses the hash-tags, #stumin, #youthmin, #studentministry, and #uthmin. This is a must read for all those in student ministry.

In his book, Matt gave some great thoughts about events in student ministry that really opened my eyes about a few things. In student ministry, it is easy to get used to doing games and events for the sake of doing them, but do they have purpose? Here are a few thoughts Matt gave in his book about events without purpose:

  • Events without purpose dilute the impact of the organization
  • Events without purpose diminish resources are best spent elsewhere. 
  • Events without purpose can’t be measured for effectiveness. 
  • Events without purpose can’t be accountable to Biblical stewardship. 
  • Events without purpose foster a babysitting youth ministry mentality. 

Make every event that you do have purpose and meaning!

About Matt:
Since 2000, Matt has been engaged in student ministry believing students can love Jesus with all their heart and will change the world for Him. He’s served as the high school pastor at First Baptist Woodstock in Atlanta, Georgia since March 2006. He’s contributed to several books and numerous student ministry resources. Matt lives just outside Atlanta with his wife, Laura, and kids, Deacon and Eden.

Connect with Matt:
Twitter        Facebook        Blog        Buy Twisdom Here

Published by Josh Evans

Josh is the connections pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students for 10 years. Josh is passionate about empowering church leaders to make a difference. Josh and his wife Abby have two children. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at

One thought on “Events Without Purpose

  1. Saw this book on their website a few days ago and want to read it when I get the chance. Thanks for the practical thoughts from the book.


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