Sticky Faith Stories
As simple as this sounds, we began to realize that each of our departments became more effective when we fought for each other, not against each other.
We took this delegation a step further and saw to it that each particular milestone, with the exception of a few, had its own organizer. While I did a lot of structural work for the milestones on the front end, by not being “in charge” of every milestone I would not be stuck with more administrative hoopla than I already have on my plate.
As forty-five of us gathered together on the chartered bus, I became a bit emotional at the reality of what we were about to experience together. The conversation for this trip had begun two years before.
Lately I’ve been reading a lot of parenting blogs, family ministry books, and research on raising kids. One of the threads of thinking and research that I have seen is the recommendation that parents need to share their mistakes with their kids.
This guest post is from Lisa Evans, Student Ministries Director at the Highway Community Church in Mountain View, CA. When we signed up for the 2012 Sticky Faith Cohort, we knew it would change our youth ministry. None of us anticipated how much it would also impact our entire church staff dynamic, breaking silos and fostering more collaboration than ever.
Despite all that was already great about camp, something different happened this summer. Our senior pastor came with us. I’m sure I looked surprised, because he emphasized that he was serious, and that he even wanted to ride on the bus.
Last winter, one of our volunteers suggested a new kind of parent meeting she had experienced at her home church. The idea sounded like a winner. Two weekends ago we finally took the chance to try it out. The result? Our most fruitful, best-attended high school parent meeting in my past ten years of ministry.