The Road to Nowhere

Lets be honest student ministry does not have a glorious history of strong vision and mission. For the longest time student ministry was just a place for parents to send their kids for some cheap babysitting with the hope that they would grow into adults with strong moral character.  Ministry leaders were taking students on a road to nowhere.

This reminds me of one of my favorite scenes from Alice in Wonderland…Alice comes to a fork in the road and has this conversation with the Cheshire Cat.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

I love this scene.  It points out how critical it is to know where we are headed. How can we choose which direction to go when we do not know where God is leading us? Which raises a great question; “where is He leading you?”.  The question is not “where are parents leading you?” or “where is your job description leading you?” or “where is your committee leading you?”. Vision starts with you and Jesus.

My challenge would be this: Get on your face and ask God where he wants you to GO. I don’t mean go to another church or ministry. I mean what group of students or people does Jesus want you to GO to?  It could be as general as middle school or as specific as skaters. Perhaps it is students who have been abused in some way. Honestly it could be any group.  So get on your face and specifically ask Him to show you your own heart. What passions has he put inside of you? ….And then Go For It!  Stop settling for “somewhere” as a destination.  Trust that Jesus will speak to you and that the Holy Spirit will guide you.

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2 thoughts on “The Road to Nowhere

  1. I love this post. I’ve been following Alex’s blog andstumbled upon this one. It is right up our alley for what God seems to have called us to in ministry – hurting teens. I can only pray that some day we will have missional communities within them. Right now 90% of our ministry is to unsaved teens who don’t do church, nor do their familes. Then there’s the 10% who are omprised of new believers watching marginal consumer Christian teens who go from one Christian event to another and are not willing to do the work to grow in their faith and become missional. Perhaps down the road, you could do a post on how to grow a youth ministry that does not have any solid base of Christian teens to partner with.
    thanks.
    S. Pauls

    • It sounds like you are going for it, loving students, chasing after a vision and passion God has put in your heart. It’s very exciting stuff. Don’t give up!(Gal 6:9).

      One other thought. You wondered about “how to grow a youth ministry that does not have any solid base of Christian teens to partner with”. Sometimes it’s easier to start with students who are just beginning to follow Jesus and do not have a consumer mindset towards Him. If you have 10% who are new believers that is a great base to work from! Partner with the 10%.

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