Monday, September 03, 2007

Not Exactly Crystal Clear

Last weekend was our annual youth leader retreat. It's a time when all the youth leaders go away for some refreshment and planning. Even though it's intended for small group and program leaders, I go too and bring some of my people. This year, I brought JoyceB, TriciaB and EllyK. Along with planning some stuff about the fall for SPACE, we also watched a talk by Erwin McManus from Origins 2006 [how churches attract or repel catalytic, entrepreneurial leaders based on the diffusion of innovation scale], and spent some time praying for leaders of leaders.

This year, at the last formal session, our high school pastor SM announced that he was stepping down at the end of this school year. What I've appreciated most about SM is that he isn't status quo at all. He isn't the least bit interested in being a holding tank with pizza.

That would be a huge change in any youth ministry. It also means that the future of SPACE is a little uncertain. SPACE could continue to exist in it's current form and function. Or potentially, there could be a high school pastor brought on who has definite views and plans for the integration of missions in his philosophy of ministry. In either case, it will be fun to see how it all plays out.

I don't think SPACE was meant to last forever. However, there is still a fine line between the balance of letting everyone do what they want with student missions, while having enough oversight to make sure they are doing the right things, with the most prepared teams.

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