How to design a program (or tune-up an old one)

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FREE RESOURCE: Ten Questions to Ask Before Launching a New Program <CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD>

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Last time you started something new, how did it go?

Was it amazing…or a terrible experience you hope to never repeat for the rest of your life?

As you look at your existing programs, how do you feel about them?

Is everything so awesome you wonder if you’ve already begun serving in eternity…or is there a train wreck on aisle three?

 

It’s important to consider these kinds of questions because they force us to slow down and take a look at the health of our ministry. In youth ministry, we can get so busy that we move on to the Next Big THING without reflecting on the past.

If we want to grow in our leadership, we need to do more than ask the questions above. Truth is, anyone can be subjective. (In fact, most of us are, most of the time.) It’s human nature to quickly form opinions in a knee-jerk response.

A good leader needs intuition. Great leaders also have wisdom. Improvisation is an essential skill, but so is planning for the future and learning from the past.

We need to go beneath the surface by asking the why question. Why was something good or bad? According to what standard are you comparing it to? When you can say, “Our weekend program is healthy because of ________,” you are on your way to wisdom.

Thinking strategically is a leadership skill anyone can learn, and the following 30-minute session will walk you through a detailed action plan for launching new youth ministry programs.

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FREE RESOURCE: Ten Questions to Ask Before Launching a New Program <CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD>

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“How to Design a Program” is free for the leaders in our coaching network, or you can purchase it HERE.

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About the Author:

Consider Matt that friend who gives you advice on how to become the best version of yourself. Having thrived in churches large and small in a variety of different roles, he knows how to help you WIN as a leader in youth ministry. Matt has served at Saddleback Church for 15 years and Co-founded Download Youth Ministry. He currently serves as the director of discipleship resources for a Christian non-profit, a volunteer small group leader of freshmen in his church, and mentors youth workers through his latest project, Leading Youth Ministry.

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