Sometimes You Carry the Event, Sometimes the Event Carries You

I’m about three weeks shy of my thirteenth youth-pastoring anniversary. If I’ve learned anything in that time, it’s that when you walk through the doors to your event, you never know what you’re going to get.

You see, some weeks I come into the church with all my plans and have a solid picture of how the night should go. Then, for seemingly no good reason whatsoever, the night feels wrong. Or thick even. Like walking in mud. But then other nights, I don’t feel prepared and I don’t feel like I know what I’m doing, only to have the evening be amazing and the time flies by! Everything seems to be on point, through no fault of my own!

Often there are reasons for these differences in events. Some reasons an event might seem slow could be outside factors like: weather, time of year, extracurricular activities, national news/events, local news/events, school, family, etc. The funny thing is that those same reasons could be causing your event to flow! And it’s really tough to gauge what you will be dealing with from event to event.

The point of all of this is that it’s okay if events don’t always go the way you expect or plan for them to. That doesn’t mean that you aren’t called to ministry or that you are a failure. All that means is that you are human. Sometimes events go well; sometimes they don’t. What’s important is that we keep trying, keep evaluating, keep planning, and keep adjusting our approach to this ever-changing culture that we absolutely are called to reach out to.


What are some ways that you deal with the unpredictable nature of ministry? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comment’s section. Seriously! We’re all in this together.