Outcomes vs. Programs


Often in ministries with new generations we get stuck in a mindset that we must offer traditionally expected programing. In youth ministry, for example, we expect that our congregation should offer a youth group on Sunday or Wednesday evening. In children’s ministry, we should offer weekly Sunday school classes, a week of Vaccation Bible School in the summer, and maybe an afterschool program on Wednesdays.

Now, I’m not knocking any of these programs, but I want to challenge you to consider why you offer what you offer (or are planning to offer in the near future). What outcome do you want to acheive?

We all know that our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, but what does that look like in your ministry with new generations? Once we have defined this, then we can discuss the many programing options by which we might acheive that outcome.

In Matthew 6:33, after discussing God’s care for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field Jesus says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” When we define and focus on the outcome of making disciples of new generations, God will add scucess to our story! So what are you focused on: outcomes or programing? What is your congregation focused on? If either is stuck on programing, let’s work to change that.

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