Posted by: Chris Sandel | February 21, 2008

Conference Thoughts

While a lot of the conference is about networking with others and sharing ideas, we’ve had long time student minister Kevin Greer lead us though a few main sessions.  I’ve really appreciated his words as he has called reconsider how we measure our ministry and to remember why we do what we do in the first place.  There were a lot of things that really hit home but as he shared and as we talked as a group afterward there were several quotes that stood out to me that I thought I’d share.

  • "One lunch with a kid is worth 20 sermons" – Jason Epperson
  • "If you have to be at the center of every program, you will be coming the limiting factor in your ministry" – Cody Courter
  • "He is never going ot knock the doors off the place but there is no one I’d rather my kids be like." – said by a senior pastor to Kevin Greer about their youth minister

The last one has really stuck with me.  At an event like this it is really easy to get caught up in things and aspire to do something great.  There are so many really dynamic, charismatic guys here leading big ministries and doing cool things that it is tempting to aspire to be like them.  There are a lot of guys moving around jumping in to bigger and bigger ministries and there is something appealing about that.  But as I get older, I think I become more and more comfortable with who I am and who God wants me to be.  One of the questions that Greer asked on the first night was, “how do you want the kids from your ministry to remember you?”  I think if I could aspire to one thing, it would be that last quote.  It would not be that I was a really charismatic leader who created great programs and brought it huge numbers.  More than anything I want the parents of our kids to be able to look at me, and also our Jr. High leaders, and say that there is no one that they’d rather their kids be like.  Years down the road I want to be able to look at the kids we’ve had go through our ministry and see adults who are committed to Christ in their workplaces and in their families. 

God, it is easy to get caught up in the hype and personal aspirations that are so appealing in the moment.  Help me to remember that no event or program can ever take the place of the power that a deep relationship can have in a student’s life.  Let my passion always be pointing kids toward you.  Help me to accept being the guy who, “will never knock the doors off the place,” and embrace a life devoted to you, allowing students to come along for the ride and sending them out ready to be your hands and feet in the world.

He must become greater, I must become less. – John 3:30


  1. This is a really cool post. remind me sometime to tell you, or ask Melissa–she’d probably be able to explain it a little, how I’ve come to the exact same realization this week…

  2. and so no one has to guess… yep, totally tearing up right now 🙂

  3. […] to start thinking about numbers but every time I do, I am reminded of something I heard at a conference a few months ago.  They were the words of a senior ministry talking about the youth minister at his church.  […]

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