In late March, I produced a series of blogs to get resources into the hands of youth pastors and others who might need it. Though most of the ideas weren’t original, it was an opportunity to share what we were doing in our student ministry, with the hopes of helping others think creatively about reaching their students. For all of us in ministry, our strategies to engage teenagers and their families had to change in an incredibly short amount of time. My hope was to spark conversations to help us find ways to do exactly that.
A short time later, I stopped posting on the blog. Part of it was a desire to stay on top of those things most important- adjusting my own strategies for equipping families and reaching students. For our congregation, I wanted and needed the additional time to work together with the rest of the staff to reach out to members who are more at-risk. My priorities adjusted, as they often do in these “war-time” situations. In this case, the battle was against an enemy that is invisible, but still dangerous.
As my priorities adjusted, I began to reconsider my motivation behind writing. What was I trying to accomplish? When I originally started the blog, I wanted to give a place to formulate my thoughts. I wanted to spark conversations. I wanted to give people things to think about. As the weeks went on, I realized my desire to accomplish these things was still there. It continued to grow stronger. More than ever, I was given issues to think and write about.
Today, many of us aren’t able to physically meet with our students. Our gatherings look much different as we use the internet as a means to send content to families and interact with those in the ministry. In the midst of the difficulties of this season, we’re in a time of great opportunity. We can examine nearly every aspect of our ministries to think about what purpose they serve, and how they can help equip students and families to grow in their knowledge of and love for the Lord.
Starting this week, I’m going to be working on restoring the normal schedule to the site- a youth ministry post on Monday, articles I’ve been reading through the week on Wednesday, and a more personal post on Friday. Some of the posts may seem like they’re more applicable to “normal” times (if there even is such a thing). My hope is these posts would challenge us to reexamine every area of our lives. We have more time than ever to reevaluate and create a plan to adjust strategies for our lives, our families, and our ministry to others. Let’s make the most of it together. After all, we point to God as those who are saved by the life, death, and resurrection of Christ- a glorious redemption.