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!
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.