Two years ago the most creative and ultra-exciting ministry (or program) was growing on the inside of me.
Coming from a competitive environment in journalism, I learned a few principles.
- Never stop being creative and thinking outside the box.
- Never settle on one method — even if it’s working.
- When you think you made it — you haven’t.
- Be flexible in all situations.
Naturally as a student pastor at the time I explored to apply those principles. I identified a problem and was determined to solve it in the youth ministry. We lacked any type of practical learning for students, so we started the ‘Deeper’ Bible Study. This bible study had a focus and desire to equip students and send them out to change the world.
Fast forward to today: when that very name of the random program is mentioned, our students laugh as if it’s a riveting joke.
Deeper Bible Study failed and was super ineffective.
After noticing the downward slope of this program, it’s vision and direction, I quickly canned it and acted like it never happened. One year ago, Kayla took over as student pastor and developed the Ignite Leadership Class. From the exterior, it looked similar to the horrifically ineffective Bible Study.
However, it took Deeper failing to know what would work in the future.
Kayla revamped this discipleship program — added vision, excitement and growth — and many students later, Ignite has turned into the most fruitful and rewarding program we’ve developed.
Chances are in any avenue of leadership, you’ve had a Deeper moment, like myself. Let’s focus on what a dead program looks like and what’s needed to turn it around. Take lessons learned from that hideous Bible Study I once thought was a divine idea.
What does a dead program look like?