Sunday, October 2, 2011

Space, Permission & Validity

A few weeks ago Rob Hanks mentioned that a youth ministry needs to have three things for the greatest chance of success. The three things a church needs to provide are space, permission and validity.

After I pestered him to blog about the idea he did here.

Any ministry needs...

Space - a physical place, storage, dollars in the budget and communication/advertising opportunities.

Permission - access to facilities, approval to experiment and fail and acceptance that mess and noise may be created.

Validity - members of the ministry welcomed and accepted by others, achievements celebrated and belief that what is happening is a "real" ministry, nurturing genuine faith.

When considering a fresh ministry, a church should weigh up if they can deliver all three of these needs. All too often, a ministry is hobbled because a well meaning church only offers up two of three.

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