I’m proud to be a part of the Gateway District of Foursquare. We have a great group of churches spanning 6 states that work hard to impact their communities. But I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not as involved as I should be in district affairs. Sometimes it’s just too easy to avoid the conventions, projects, and mission trips that our District leads. My lead pastors are very proactive on the NextGen front, but it’s still so easy to just be the youth-guy. It’s too easy to just let the pastors of the grown-ups do what the pastors of the grown-ups do.
However, I need to be more involved and so do you. Today I have 3 reasons why NextGen leaders need to be more involved in district and even national events and activities.
We all need to know more. Lifelong learning is paramount to becoming and sustaining effective leadership abilities. Events like national Foursquare Connection or the much smaller, Gateway District LAUNCH Youth and Youth Leader Conference, are great opportunities to hone your skills, hear about new techniques in teaching, and get a better understanding of what our place is in the bigger picture.
There aren’t many things that refresh me more than to know that I’m not alone. For a long time, as a NextGen pastor, I felt all alone. It wasn’t until I went to my first District Conference that I realized that not only am I not alone, but there are armies of people like me. People that can help me learn and support me in my my calling.
I don’t mean growing as a person or as a leader, although those are important. I feel those areas are covered under the training heading. This growth is for the church in general. It seems the more we get together as a family – the more we train and the more we network, the stronger we are. The stronger we are, the more we grow. We can’t just consider our local ministries as our only responsibility. We are responsible to be a part of the network – the Body – of Christ. And as we take on that responsibility, I believe, we will see God do more than we ever thought he would.
So then, go to conferences. Sign up for newsletters, follow Foursquare NextGen on social media, and actually read the messages and posts. Talk to your neighboring NextGen ministers and connect with them when you can. And, as I always say at the end of my posts, feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comment’s section. Seriously! We’re all in this together.