We are going to make a difference!
It is important that we stop ourselves and ask some key questions.
- What is the most important outcome of your ministry?
- How will you get to that outcome?
- What is the result for the kids if you don’t get to that outcome?
For me what is most important is that the kids and their families will internalize the truths of the Gospel.
I had a young woman who had been involved in another Christian After School Program tell me.
“The ministry where I serve does tutoring and sticks Jesus in. You do Jesus and stick tutoring in.”
In our enthusiasm it is so easy to get off course.
“In a fair bit of Western evangelicalism, there is a worrying tendency to focus on the periphery. [My] colleague … Dr. Paul Hiebert … springs from Mennonite stock and analyzes his heritage in a fashion that he himself would acknowledge is something of a simplistic caricature, but a useful one nonetheless.
- One generation of Mennonites believed the gospel and held as well that there were certain social, economic, and political entailments.
- The next generation assumed the gospel, but identified with the entailments.
- The following generation denied the gospel: the “entailments” became everything.
Assuming this sort of scheme for evangelicalism, one suspects that large swaths of the movement are lodged in the second step, with some drifting toward the third.”
The above quote is taken from a great post by D.A. Carson “Put The Gospel At The Center of Your Aspirations.”
Is the Gospel at the center of your ministry – is it the driving force behind everything you do? OR is the driving force the “entailments?”