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Who’s got your back?

There’s strength in numbers.

This past week myself and some other area youth workers began the, “NKY Youth Ministry Network.”  There are many reasons why this is awesome.  The fact this group even exists makes a statement about the church as a whole as well as our ministries.  Instead of feeling like we are competing with one another, we all recognize that we are a part of THE church (body of believers) which has a shared mission.

Another important piece is that it is not just a business-like networking meeting where we are trying to exploit each other’s resources and connections, we are simply sharing life and encouraging each other.  That is the foundation of what we are about, we believe youth ministry happens best in shared-life community.  Joint events and other types of partnerships might flow from this identity but the foundation is rooted in believing that having a group of people that understand your particular position and role within a local church is valuable.

It is a round-table type of setup and is not a one-sided conversation, which seems to be the way everything is heading these days.  This circle is already made up of men and women from the Christian, Baptist, and Methodist denominations.  Unity is a beautiful and biblical concept.  The NKY Youth Ministry Network is a great thing to be a part of from the beginning and I cannot wait to see what the future holds!

Roundtable

I have to believe that this sort of network community is already happening for all sorts of other walks of life as well.  If not, it totally should!  Are you involved in any sort of group with a similar approach to the NKY Youth Ministry Network?  Have you heard of any other groups like this in other types of jobs/vocations?  We’d love to hear your thoughts below!

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Don’t Blink!

Life is short.

This became obvious to me recently as Katelyn and I went back to Morehead State for homecoming weekend.  It is amazing how in such a short time so much can change.  Not only are the facilities around campus updated, but the town itself has been updated with new businesses such as Cracker Barrel, Jimmy Johns, and a frozen yogurt joint…well played Morehead.

In just 2-3 short years so much has changed in our connections and relationships there.  It was awesome to reconnect with friends and catch up on each other’s lives.  In the same way that the physical surroundings changed, the faces of the people at school have now changed too.  In a brief time, I only know a couple of current baseball players and have not met the brand new coaching staff.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes event (2009)

When looking back, there is a common thread that exists between the friends that we can pick right back up with and it makes them different from the people that we have drifted from over time.  The connections that seem to have a stronger foundation were the ones that we truly shared life with.  Being an athlete placed us in a certain subculture and helped us form a bond with others quickly in this community.  Living together definitely can help people connect and grow closer, but even that does not guarantee a genuine life long relationship.

The one thing that seems to be the real connector is faith.  When a group shares questions, encouragement, struggles, victories, and other experiences in regards to their faith it is usually a deeply personal transaction.  Granted, this can be a risky road to travel. We are left more vulnerable in these relationships than many feel comfortable being.  But with high risk comes high reward.  From having a community of people we shared life with, we can see people we haven’t seen in years and be genuinely excited for them and feel an instant re-connection.

The bottom line is this, what we leave behind in life is very important.  The ripples that we make in our time on this earth will last much longer if they are based on relationships, especially those that share their faith together.  This is becoming more relevant to us as we look down the road and the prospect of having children.  Just living with them will not be enough to create a lasting bond.  Our faith needs to be on our hearts and our primary goal needs to be impressing that faith on the next generation.  This is a sustainable legacy and it requires that we keep the main thing the main thing.  We don’t have a huge window of opportunity either, so don’t blink!

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