“ Nothing stops an organization faster than people who believe that the way you worked yesterday is the best way to work tomorrow. ”
Jon Madonna is credited with the quote above. To me it is one of the better quotes in life that deals with change, transition, growth and vision. He is speaking in terms of the business world but I believe that it transcends across the board.
Too many times I think that we as youth ministries get in a "rut". We get into this mentality that we need to do ministry the exact same way. Sometimes, we are scared of change. Sometimes, we hide behide the following facade: don't change for change sake.
things may be going great in the youth ministry and you may need to change. people will shake their head and go/say, " what in the world are you doing - why are you making changes, things are going so well "
The reason, we as leaders ( being led by God ) know that just because it is working now - does not mean that is what is going to work the next time.
So, the question to me and for those who are reading this ... what do you need to change ? What is up at the curve that will knock you down - if you do not prepare for the change ?
Are you willing to change ?
I think that it brings me back to the tale that shows the difference between a youth group and a student ministry. In this scenario, it is the following:
Keeping Tradition vs. Evaluating for Effectiveness