I'm heading back to the Land of Lincoln and the Great Lake State to visit with friends and family for the next couple of days. I'll attempt to post some vacation thoughts like I did back in July, but no promises...I just might fall off the grid for a while.
Here's a thought before I head out:
When you ask the question, 'why do you do that event/program/trip?' have you ever heard the response, 'because that's what we've always done.'? Friends, I think this is a horrible answer and a great way to ensure stagnancy in your ministry. Now, I don't want to say that some things you've always done aren't worth doing, say for example small groups. But the reasoning for doing such things shouldn't be because you've always done them, does that make sense?
The reasoning behind doing anything in ministry, be it small groups or big events or whatever, should be to disciple, mentor, build relationships, and honor God. If 'something you've always done' still meets those criteria, great, but if it doesn't then it's time to reevaluate.