5 DANGEROUS LIES LEADERS BELIEVEHere are a few lies that I was thinking of today about our student ministry that I DO NOT want to believe. You can apply these to any ministry that you are currently involved in:

  1. If we had our own space/room, we could do more effective youth ministry– Look, cool youth rooms are awesome. I get that, but should a room dictate how effective or ineffective our youth ministry is. We have met in a gym for years. Each week, we set up a full stage, full sound system, 100 chairs, and about 20 tables. Then, after youth group, we tear the entire thing down. It is transitional. It is part of where we are at. We can complain or contribute in the setting that God has placed us in. 
  2. We shouldn’t expect too much, because they are teens– Look, teens can change the world. Look at the recent revivals. Most of them (if not all) have been started by students. Teens can change the world so we should expect that, right? Look, I get it, they have a lot working against them, but so much more working FOR them. Expect much from them. Believe in every single student.
  3. Youth Ministry is all about fun– Fun is so important, but it is not the most important thing about youth ministry. Your purpose and vision should be the most important. Then, make that fun 🙂
  4. That is good enough– I hate the phrase, “good enough.” I have even been guilty at times for using this phrase. Let’s not have a “well, that is good enough” approach to the work that we are in. Students deserve more. Jesus Christ deserves more. Have a ministry that strives for excellence.
  5. I am to old to influence students– Some of our most effective leaders are a bit older. Do not think that you have to be this young, goatee wearing, guitar playing trendy leader to influence students. Be yourself, because students crave authenticity more than you trying to be cool.

Do not believe the lies!

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7 thoughts on “5 Dangerous Lies Leaders Believe

  1. Josh,

    Thanks for these reminders. The first two lies are ones I have been buying into the past few months. My campus student ministry is moving from our own space to a shared space next year which means we will do some set up and tear down. Also, out of frustration with some students choices I have struggled with believe what should be expected of them. Thanks again for these reminders of lies not to believe.

    Austin

    1. I agree bro. You know that we are in a transitional space, and it is difficult and even frustrating at times, but we can accomplish just as much in a transitional space, because the Gospel still works. Also, I am learning to believe in my students. Believe them into doing big things!

      JE

  2. Josh, great thoughts, thank you for sharing. When it comes to the lie of “good enough” I believe good enough is not ok when it comes to connecting, spending time with and challenging students. However when it comes to programming I personally believe that we do need to say “good enough” sometimes. It is so easy to get so wrapped up in creating an event each week. It can be so consuming and take up so much time that we lose our focus. Our programs are tools to bring students to and deeper with Christ and that’s it. We must be careful to keep them in their place and not have our ministries be all about our programs.
    Again, great thoughts and great article!

    Aaron

    1. Aaron,

      Thanks for stopping by the blog and sharing your thoughts. I have an excellence approach to ministry. I do agree with your statement about not making our services about the program. It is not about the program at all, it is about the Gospel, but I believe that the program should be done with excellence if possible.

      JE

  3. I especially like the last one! As an older leader of youth, I know there were some doubters when I was offered the job. However, I think they have been surprised at my energy and ability to form strong relationships with the youth.

  4. Dear Josh in JESUS, Thank you for this blessed message. Babu

    On Mon, May 6, 2013 at 5:03 AM, joshhevans.com

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