So you are sitting in your office trying to figure out what to speak on or what to do this week, and you think to yourself there must be a better way. I am here to tell you that I used to be in the same position, but things changed several years ago when I was attending Bible College. Professor Matthews said, “God is a God of order, so if he plans, shouldn’t we also plan?”! I took this advice very seriously and started to study this concept out. God has a plan for the world and created it in a logical order. Not only did God use this idea in creation, but God called Jeremiah before he was born and had predestined him to serve as a prophet to the nations (Jeremiah 1:5). God plan with Abraham and his descendants, and God had a plan for the redemption of humankind through Jesus Christ.
Many other concepts help youth pastors to get the most out of services but becoming a planner is of the highest importance. I was told, I am a ‘Type A’ personality. I was not this way before. I did not plan, and I did not know what I was doing from moment to moment. As I began preparing and thinking about what I was doing, I got a little carried away. I had built scheduled and used them, but I was always compartmentalizing my life. By the peak of my calendaring saga, I had 23 calendars that ran my life. I used this method of scheduling for years, but I later realized the art of simplicity. I had learned about this concept earlier in Bible College also with Dr. Roper, but I did not use all of the principles, until years later and am still working on this. I am now down to 10 calendars that help me to keep track of various aspects of my ministries, businesses, teaching, and more. These calendars also help me to learn to say no, when I cannot find the proper time to do something.
Think about it this way: would you plan for your wedding?! You might laugh, but wedding preparation takes so much time, and those who participate in this either love the preparation process or have a great disdain for it. We prepare weddings in this manner because they are such important events. This is what we call a momentous occasion. Married couples will remember their wedding, and it will be regarded as one of the best days of their lives. Our services must be designed in such a way that they become the most memorable things in the lives of our students. I remember when I was a student, and some of the churches missed their mark and were throwing together services and others prepared their services well. I can tell you to this day; I remember what it felt like to attend both and I remember the disappointment that I felt when things were not planned well
Making services memorable takses time to plan and to organize. One of the best way to get the most out of a youth service is to sit down and prepare. I have developed a four step process to help you get the most out of a youth service by making a P.A.C.T. with God. The following are the steps to making a P.A.C.T. with God:
- Pray: Seek God’s will for your youth ministry.
- Advance: Actively engage in spiritual fasting regularly for spiritual development.
- Calendar: Listen to what the Spirit of God is saying and put those ideas down on your calendar.
- Time: Use your time wisely to prepare your plan.
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