Failure Is An Option
I was told numerous times in staff meetings over the years that failure is not an option. But failure is, and should be an option. Usually this slogan is centered around:
--a big church event
--keeping your job
--growing the church or youth ministry (see #2)
This is small thinking at it’s worst. Failure in these cases is certainly an option and should be an option. I was recently on a missions trip and the boys we were with were making some building mistakes. Our crew chief, Billy (an amazing man) would say, if you are not failing you are not doing anything. I could not agree more. Our fear point for failure revolves around us. We worry what others (the world), other churches, or believers will think of the us or our church (small c).
We need to broaden our view of failure. Would Peter’s daring walk on water be nearly as interesting if he had not sunk? No, because the lesson here is not: Don’t Sink, the message is: Keep your eyes on Jesus. We are so worried about sinking we never even think of getting out of the boat. Let us keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
Let’s challenge our youth and ourselves to fail greatly for the cause of Christ. These are dreams, goals, and mandates that our worthy of our efforts and even our failures in our effort to achieve them.
- Building the Kingdom of God
- Raising up a new generation of leaders
- Making our youth ministry student-led instead of spectator induced
- Keeping our personal lives above reproach (this does not mean making mistakes)
- Glorifying God with our lives
Now go and fail greatly; believing that in the end, there is no failure or condemnation in Christ Jesus.
Need some inspiration? Here ya go:
Living The Dream - Paul Turner
I’ve written and re-written so may of these, I have decided to try and sum up my ministry in 6 words:
Loves To See Youth Pastors Succeed.
That’s what I’m about. It’s because of my 29 year love affair with God and my 20 year infatuation with youth ministry that I want help you and your youth ministry succeed. Sometimes it takes one good idea, sometimes a few. If I can help you through resources, speaking, or training please do not hesitate to call and ask questions 205-260-7229, tweet me at PaulTurnerToo, or catch me on Facebook.
I've always wanted to be a youth pastor and minster to teens at all levels. Youth pastors, along with camp counselors, have been my heroes. I have been ministering to students now for 20 years and started a free resource sight called The Disciple Project at www.thediscipleproject.net. Come by and say hello.
I live in Birmingham, AL. with my wife and thee great kids, two of which are teenagers.