When it rains it pours

I’m feeling rather reflective today.  I have been really wrestling with the state of our student ministry.  We meet in cell groups 3 out of 4 weeks and it’s happening but it’s not really working the way I want it to. I received an email from one of our students and I also talked with a parent this morning about what’s going on.  And we have some wins here and there, but we are struggling with our corporate gathering times, and we have been even before we switched to cell groups.

I want what we are doing to be something that blows the doors off of hell and rescues lost people. I want to equip students to experience life change, and lead others in life change in Christ.  And I want to be surprised by what God can do through us.  So I’m very quiet today, and reflective and I keep reading stuff that challenges and encourages me and I just have to post at least one more thing, from Seth Godin

If you want the word to spread, if you expect me to take action I’ve never taken before, it seems to me that you need to do something that hasn’t been done before. It might not feel safe, but if you do the safe thing, I guarantee you won’t surprise anyone. And if you don’t surprise anyone, the word isn’t going to spread.

I had a little silent motto that I used when I was dreaming of how I would be doing youth ministry, “Do something that would surprise God.”  Now I know that’s impossible, but it challenged me.  The thought behind it was people expect a certain level of acheivement from others, and I wanted to surpass all of their expectations and start encroaching in God’s expectations and live in such a way that He would always be giving me new dreams and bigger goals and visions.  Somewhere I think I lost that, I’m too busy, I’m too tired, I’m comfortable.

Sound Familiar?

Well I’m tired of that, so if you are praying for me, and I beg and covet your prayers, pray for that.  I’m not ready to give up on Cell Groups, I really think they can blow the doors down, but I need God to do something, I need some fresh inspiration to flow through our ministry, our leaders, our students, to see that we don’t have to do things the way we’ve always done them.  That’s part of the reason that we moved to Cell Groups.  We don’t have to be what people expect us to be.

I love Jesus for many reasons but one of the main reasons is he took losers and equipped them to turn the world upside down.  And when I look at my own life, I could be a prime candidate for that kind of discipleship from Jesus.  Use me, Use Us!

I’m Rambling now, but what do you expect from the title of this blog?

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One thought on “When it rains it pours

  1. Yo Jay…I wonder…and by the way I loved your post today…one of the best things that you said was “I had a little silent motto that I used when I was dreaming of how I would be doing youth ministry, “Do something that would surprise God.”

    I wonder and I’m guilty of this…so often I am running around finding out what others are doing and copying part of it and I heard this guy or gal was doing this and it worked so I am going to do it…so I wonder sometimes about just taking a whole different approach to it…re-engineering or re-imagining it…

    Now to say that ultimately I have seen that there are so many models of ministry and the basic denominator has been passion and hard work and longevity.

    Nothing of substance is built overnight…would love to talk more with you sometime to hear more of your ideas…

    Making Difference Makers

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