How are you at juggling? Ministry during April requires a fair amount of juggling. You are trying to end the semester well. You are thinking about the summer. And you are already planning for next year.
One important aspect of ending the year well is celebrating what God has done. Jeff Grant, partnership specialist on our Student LINC team, recently shared some thoughts along these lines with me.
“The Bible says a lot about celebration, God even commands us to remember the good things in our life by throwing parties! In my own strategic, always-looking-forward mind, I often forget to stop and make a big deal about people and what they and God have accomplished. Let’s spend less time reaching for the next thing (which only God can accomplish anyway) and more time rejoicing in the people and blessings God has already given us!”
Jeff also shared an interesting article from Entrepreneur, “4 Ways Innovative Companies are Celebrating Their Employees.” and a video by Rend Collective telling the story behind their “The Art of Celebration.”
There are lots of ways to celebrate. Jason Skjervem, MTL, Northern North Dakota, offers a “toast to Jesus”.
And here is one we used when we were on campus. Okay, now, at the risk of showing my age, and before you read on, now might be a great time to cue up “Celebrate,” by Three Dog Night.
We would bring a bucket of stones from our backyard to the last meeting of the year and build a monument to what God did in our ministry that year. We started by reading Joshua 4 and talked about how the rock pile served as a visual reminder of what God had done for the Israelites. Similarly, this would be a mental monument to God’s working in our lives. After students put a stone on the pile and share what God had done in their lives and ministry, we took time at the end to thank God for what He had done.
Such times of celebration are so encouraging and lifts our eyes to what God might do next year.
“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:15 NIV
Now that’s worth celebrating!
Spring Coaching Tips
- All good things start (again) with Jesus.
- A Staff Team Pioneering a New Campus Together.
- Select Next Year’s Leadership Now.
- A new 31 Day Experiment.
- Natural mode launching.
- Top Ten Myths About Sharing Your Faith.
- 25 Ways to Keep the World Before Your Students.
- Balancing Relationships.
- Noticing Your Way Into Spiritual Conversations.
- Understanding Change.
- Hove and Holleman’s “A Grander Story.”
- First, prayer.
- Where we’re seeing both fast starts and fast growth.
- “Better than my dreams.”
Selected Tips from Fall 2016
- “Act as if it were true”.
- Ways a coach helps.
- Did you know…?
- Movement Leadership Forms.
- Ministry beyond ministry.
- Launch and Build Bridges Movements.
- Future Teachers Living Missionally.
- A Destino Multiple Movements Case Study.
- Freshman Takeover Night.
- Some ways to build student leadership.