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Is your ministry built around a HOOK or an ANCHOR?

Tom Shefchunas
Tom Shefchunas Tuesday March 2, 2010
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Today we have a guest post by Coach Shef. Tom Shefcunas is the Multi-Campus Director of Middle School for North Point. For more info check out his site or his bio in our speakers section for the Orange Conference.

Have you noticed this pattern across the country… a new person coming in, a youth group growing, that person leaving, and the youth group dying… waiting for the next big personality? Come to think of it…why is that the pattern we see in the church in general?

I think the problem is us!

We can be pretty cool. We are relational, so people are attracted to us. We have vision, so people are inspired by us. We are creative and do a bunch of interesting and new stuff, so people like to come see what we do. People dig us. And therein lies the problem…right there in front of our eyes.  It’s us.

In my world, our anchor is the small group leader. The only thing consistent every week is the same small group leader with the same group of kids.

Great speakers (the hooks) come inside our student ministry and then go on to do great things on bigger stages. Great bands (also hooks) minister to our kids, are developed, and head on to “Big Church.” They go to the “Show!” I love it when that happens…and the ministry keeps growing and doesn’t miss a beat!

So…I hope you are incredibly talented, passionate, and an amazing vision caster…but the truth is– You may be a great hook…but…it’s not about you…it can’t be about you.

Is your ministry built around a hook or an anchor? What are you doing to make sure your ministry outlives you? Have you noticed this pattern too?

Tom Shefchunas—better known as Shef—is the Executive Director of Student Strategy at Orange. In this role, he leads the development and strategy for XP3 Middle School and High School curriculum. Previously, Tom was North Point Ministries’ Multi-Campus Director of Transit, their middle school ministry, for 12 years. And before that, he spent 10 years as a high school teacher, coach, and principal. Additionally, he is the co-author of Lead Small with Reggie Joiner. Tom and his wife, Julie, live in Cumming, Georgia, with their three children, Mac, Joey, and Cooper.