I'm not really sure what to do. You see this summer marks my sixteenth year of ministry. The strange thing is that for the first time ever, I'm not spending part of my summer on a student ministry trip.
There have been many circumstances that have lead to this situation. I believe we're making the most wise decision we can by not taking a trip this summer but I can't help feel like something major is missing. Fifteen years in a row I was either on a camp staff or part of a church staff taking students somewhere. It was a good run while it lasted.
1997 : Super Summer (Charleston, SC)
1998 – 2001 : SummerSalt (White Oak, SC)
2002 : Centrifuge (Jefferson City, TN)
2003 : MFuge (Mobile, AL)
2004 – 2007 : North Point Ministries (Atlanta, GA)
2008 – 2010 : Northwood Church/Velocity (Charleston, SC)
2011 : North Rock Hill Church/Collide (Rock Hill, SC)
I do believe that the most overt change in student ministry will be events. Families simply cannot afford to drop several hundred dollars for a five day camp; especially families with multiple children.
Thankfully, this change will force us to put more emphasis on weekly disciple making and connecting students to missions.
I've been watching A LOT of soccer lately. As a soccer coach, I'm always left wanting more at the end of a season. Luckily we have television and the UEFA European Championships this year. Despite Ireland's lack of success, I still love to watch.
I had somewhat of an epiphany as I watched this week. I love soccer but I also love football; Notre Dame football to be exact. In order to enjoy both of these sports, I have to be in the right frame of mind given their enormous differences. That's when it hit me. There are two distinct leadership styles represented by these two sports. Two styles that can actually cause quite a lot of discord to the people being led or supervising.
Football is a sport in which forward progress is the only form of function. To move backwards is always a negative or failure to succeed. Soccer however is a game of strategy that includes movement in all directions. Moving backwards could in fact be the best decision a player could make.
I'm a soccer style leader. Not to say I don't love moving forward. As a driven results based guy, I love when there is positive momentum. However, I recognize the importance of taking a step back and building the best plan to accomplish goals.
I wouldn't say that one style is better than the other but, if you're a football leader then you proabably find yourself easily frustrated or undervaluing a soccer style of leadership that seems counterproductive or risky. While a soccer leader more than likely finds a football style of leadership simplistic or stubborn.
I could of used Checkers and Chess for this illustration but I don't know how to play Chess.
So which one are you?
Thirteen years, twelve living spaces, six churches, five cars, four states, three continents/countries/children, two people, one incredible love story.
Happy Anniversary Anita Bishop McCart!
You have loved me in a way no one else has or could.
You’ve laughed with (and at) me, cried with me, forgiven me, believed in me, and never given up on me.
You have shown me the heart of my Savior through your sacrifice, respect, love and commitment.
I love you. Thank you for loving me.