New organizations and new projects are so crisp.
Things happen with alacrity. Decisions get made. Stuff gets done.
Then, over time, things get soggy. They slow down. Decisions aren’t so black and white any more.
When reading this, I thought about how Youth Ministry programs follow this same cycle. A flashy new event or method of ministry is introduced. Students are excited, leaders are energized, and you are proud. This new event is “crisp.” Then it becomes old news pretty quickly. It is amazing to see how fast a hot, new program can become a habit and then a tradition in a ministry. Soon, this “crisp” program is a “soggy” shell of its former self, and students and leaders both dread participating.
So how do we combat these “soggy” programs? Not by creating new, flashier, “crisper” programs. Instead, forget about programs and focus on people. Students are FAR more important that activities.
P.S. If you are not reading Seth’s blog, you are missing out. It is truly remarkable how clear he makes things.