Failed Job Desciptions
- Schools teach Math, History, etc.
- The military teaches discipline, leadership, and job skills
- Sports teams teach sportsmanship and how to pay the game
- Churches run programs to keep people busy and not sin as much
These are organization with a list of activities with no clear goals. What if they said,
- School’s produce imaginative students ready to solve problems in a complicated world?
- The military trains men and women to be people of character who can ably defend our country both home and abroad.
- Sport teams make leaders who will do their best on and off the field.
- Churches make disciples who make disciples to impact the world for Christ.
These latter job descriptions are far more compelling than the former.
The church teaches about God? Really? Is that all? You may say, “Isn’t that enough? Think about the job description you received when you were hired. How much of that are you fulfilling? What impact are you making because of it? Now, think about what you are CALLED to do. How much of that are you fulfilling? Who we are as believers and youth pastors impact schools, military, and sports teams by impacting students . In a word, we impact CULTURE.
What has the church, as an spiritual organism/organization produced in recent years? We can’t produce Christians because God does that; so what does the church produce? Can’t we produce better educated, leaders of characters with skills to impact the world around us? Why isn’t it in our job description simply ot make disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus to impact the world around us? Why doesn’t the details of this job description include
- Helping kids use their imaginations to see what God sees
- Teach job skills and make better employees of our community
- Take more mission trips and have less pizza parties.
Why do churches set the bar so low by asking youth pastors to “run the program” ? Why can’t churches set the bar high with “Equip students to do the work of the ministry” or “Make disciples of Jesus?” . Why Because it’s less work, and less mess, to just run the program.
How can you expand, re-write, your job description to be more effective at making disciples of Jesus.