by Deech Kirk
In the middle of Justin Beiber’s song “As Long as You Love Me,” sits the lyric:
But the grass ain’t always greener on the other side, it’s greener where you water it.
I find this to be a profound statement and would love for you to ponder it with me for a second.
In a world that…abandons something because it is hard…wants it our way right away…and always wants what someone else has.
In a church where…we leave because we don’t like the new preacher, the music, what someone said, or because the vote didn’t go our way…we don’t start because it will be hard…we envy what another church appears to have that we don’t…and where “butts in seats” matter more than authentic followers of Christ.
I try to keep a neat and tidy lawn with healthy plants and green grass. I water my yard. I don’t have a watering system like some of my neighbors, nor do I just let it die in the summer like the guy next door. I have a sprinkler that sprays in a circle. I have beautiful, thick, healthy grass in the middle of my yard. But on the edges, I get brown spots, dead grass, and weeds. It is so frustrating, but should I really be frustrated? The grass is growing exactly according to the amount of water it is receiving.
Is your church growing? Is it healthy? Are some areas healthier than others? Maybe we need to get out the water hose or at least the watering can.
Should we abandon ship or should we get to work? No church is perfect. But just like healthy people, healthy churches work out. They work “it” out. They do good work. They flex their muscles in worship and service.
“The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. It’s greener where you water it!” Who knew such words of wisdom could be in the middle of a pop song about a girl?
Where do you need to get out the watering can?
We are hearing from numerous youth ministers that during this season their plate is just too full. Caring for others is a ministry staple, but often it comes at the expense of caring for oneself. Self care for the Youth MInister is so important. If you don’t take time for yourself and your own relationship with God, not only will you suffer, but eventually your students will too.
We’ve created a Pandemic Youth Week curriculum bundle that combines elements of both a summer camp and a youth week. Many youth are missing out on both of these due to cancelled camps and trips among other cancelled important events your youth would usually attend. We’ve written this curriculum such that it can be used in person while socially distancing, online, or some combination of both.
Despite all the challenges the pandemic has presented to youth ministries, it has also created an opportunity to allow youth more involvement in worship. Although youth sunday will look very different this year, it is a great opportunity to empower our youth to be leaders. Youth’s comfort and familiarity with technology make them a great resource for churches who are seeking to move their worship services online for the first time.