I don’t know maybe this is revolutionary, maybe not for you, but for me it is (at least at 1am). What if we (youth ministers) just focused on 3 teens at a time? Chew on that for a minute before you continue to read on. I’m just saying, think about 3 teens that you would just pour out the majority of your energy and attention into. Granted you might not get the best 3 right away, but think about it, wouldn’t that be:
Speaking of simple, here’s a simple fact: Jesus had 12 disciples and of those 12 there were 3 He was real close to (Peter, James and John). Not that the other 9 weren’t important, it’s just that Jesus had a plan. Now take that fact and think about this: Why do we feel like we need to invest in more than 3 or even 12 teens at one time? Pressure to grow numbers? Fear of not reaching everyone? Popularity? Pride? It’s a good question because when it comes down to it:
- Our Range Of Influence Is Limited: I don’t know about you but I have a hard time keeping track of all the students in my ministry. Not that I have a lot, but I’m not a master of names. If I have that much trouble remembering multiple names how do I expect to influence multiple lives at the same time? I can’t because I have limits.
- Focused Ministry Means Larger Impact: If I’m focused the obstacles are clearer, the goals seem reachable, the vision has more detail. It’s the good ole adage “Jack of all trades, master of none.” In order to have an impact you need to be focused on the people you are serving.