God often uses student outreach events to multiply ministry momentum, attract the lost, and create space for discipleship to take place. They are an absolute game changer for the life and effectiveness of a student ministry. But, HOW do we execute a student event with excellence to reach MORE students with the gospel, get the MOST momentum, and give God MORE glory?
Do you want to reach lost students in your city with the gospel? Do you want to help your students become more like Jesus? Do you want to multiply the ministry momentum that your church is experiencing? If you’re a student pastor, I hope the answer to those questions is resounding YES. If it’s not, you should probably quit your job and try to get a job at Starbucks. But, for the rest of us, I believe there is a way to multiply ministry momentum, attract the lost, and create space for discipleship with STUDENT EVENTS.
It's more important than systems, strategies, and staffing. It’s more important than learning, growing, and disciplines. It’s more important than your team, your kids, and even your marriage. If we get this, we will enjoy ministry more, be exponentially more effective, reach many more people, and have a greater possibility of finishing well. If we don’t get this, we will fall into joyless duty, spin our wheels in meaningless hard toil, and have a greater possibility of quitting early.
Pastors struggle just like everyone else. We believe lies that cripple our ministries and lead us to operate out of fear rather than out of love. We are discouraged more than we'd like to admit. Here are some of the lies that we believe, that we need to drag into the light if we're going to thrive in ministry.
What is the dream that you have for your life? What is the vision God has given you for your life? What is your dream for your church or ministry?
If those dreams don't give you butterflies and make you feel fairly uncomfortable, they're probably making God yawn. Better yet, they are probably insulting to Him.
We all go through seasons in ministry where we just aren't "feeling it." We wake up… we go through the motions… we do the meetings… we preach the sermons… we lead the family… but on the inside we are in a deep valley. We often feel unqualified to be in ministry and we feel like we're the only one in the world that is feeling this way. What are we supposed to do with these seasons?
All of us have experienced ministry momentum... The church is growing... People are meeting Jesus... Things are just falling into place... Doors are being opened... Numbers are increasing... But, what is the best way to leverage that momentum to experience its full effect?
Here are 3 things that God has shown me recently to help intensify ministry momentum rather than kill it.
We all love to see our churches grow! Growth means more people are being reached with the gospel! Growth means more families restored! Growth means more addicts set free! Growth means heaven gets more crowded! But if we're honest, sometimes church growth becomes our golden calf and we lose sight of WHY we care about church growth. These 6 church growth game changers will help us get the right perspective in growing our ministries and reaching the world with the gospel.
The more that we make ministry our greatest treasure, and the more we duplicate that in the people we lead, the more our churches will become COLD, SHALLOW, and FAKE, and they will plateau or decline.
Ministry is meant to be an overflow of JOY in GOD; it's not meant to take His place as our treasure.
In many churches today, the point of the gospel is to get fire insurance, make us feel better, and enable us to enjoy our idols (money, success, relationships, etc.) without as much conviction. This is however not the point of the Gospel… the point of the Gospel isn't heaven or a better life or health, wealth, and prosperity… the point of the Gospel is that we get God, which is the only thing that will ever satisfy the deepest longings of our souls. (Psalm 16:11). What if we lived this way, and preached this way?