Our friend Christopher Wesley wrote a great piece over on downloadyouthministry.com about how and when to take risks in our youth ministries. I liked and thought I'd link to it here. If you like this excerpt, click the link below to read the rest of the article.
A few years back we had a worship service on Good Friday. It was an interactive arts performance, where we always look to try new things to enhance worship for teenagers. This particular year we were using a software that allowed people to text their prayers to our screen, while the band played. The software had a filter component; however, it was only available if you upgraded. I didn’t want to take the risk of spending a lot of money on something that I wasn’t sure people would use, so we settled for the free version. BIG MISTAKE.
In the middle of a worship set, as people were sharing their prayers, someone decided to text something inappropriate. Let’s just say it went something like this:
“I LIKE…(use your imagination)”
Embarrassed we took it down immediately. That night we failed. While we knew we were taking a risk, we didn’t approach it in the right way.
People hold back from taking risks because they’ve failed before. While failure will happen again, the way to take risks like a pro is by knowing which ones to take. To know which ones you should take you need to make sure:
To read the rest of Christopher's post, CLICK HERE.