Thursday, February 26, 2009

Now We Know

Probably like you, I've had some really fun interactions with old, and I mean OLD, relationships via social media. Like getting in touch with friends from elementary school over Facebook - meaning I haven't seen them in [gulp] 30 years. Surreal.

The other set of interesting interactions have been with former students in youth ministries that I was involved in. It's been a lot of fun to be back in touch, to see what they are up to and to see pictures of them, their interests and their families. But most interesting to me is the fact that now we know.

Now we know whether our efforts were successful or not. Some cases will be cause for great celebration, others not so much. This kind of relevant data begs an opportunity for change and improvement. If we still influence students, it's not too late to change - you now have proof. And of course, sometimes we still must, as the Russian proverb says, "Pray to God, but keep rowing to shore."

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