During my first few years as a youth minister, I was just happy that teens were showing up. In fact as long as they showed up, I considered my ministry a success. After all they had a lot of other choices, so if they were coming, I must have been doing something right.
If you had asked me during that time how my ministry was going, there’s no doubt that I would have responded the same way every time:
And it was. We had a good amount of teens coming. The Life Nights were good. The teachings were good. The small groups were good, and the outreach was . . . well . . . good.
And that was the problem.
We were complacent. We were settling. Our ministry was a victim of “good.”
In my work at Life Teen, I begin every morning by calling two youth ministers to see how things are going with their ministry. And, the overwhelming majority of time, I hear the same response:
But “good” is a problem.
Good is safe.
Good is boring.
Nobody gets excited about good.
And it’s time, as youth ministers to stop settling for good and start striving for excellence.
People flock to excellence. They pay big money for excellence. They’ll stand in line for hours and hours just to have a chance to get a glimpse of excellence.
It’s why so many love Apple products, U2 concerts, or any of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies.
People want excellence, and yet so often in ministry, we settle for good.
Our teens deserve more.
So take some time this week and every week to pray about your ministry. How would you describe it? How would your Core Team describe it? How would your teens describe it?
Our world needs ministries committed to excellence, and while you may not be ready to sell out Madison Square Garden, perhaps the first step, is asking the question.
Question: What’s one thing you can do this week to put your ministry on the path to excellence? (Share below.)