God-Inspired Dreams Become Reality

There have been a few moments in life so drenched by God that I’ll remember them for the rest of my life.

One of those moments happened on Wednesday, December 18 at the Festival of Festiveness, the Eagle Brook Church Student Ministries Christmas Party.

It was more than the 18 buses full of students coming from other campuses…although it was part of it.

It was more than the 5 real-bearded Santas full of Christmas cheer…although that contributed.

It was more than the 1300 pounds of food donated for Hope in Hunger weekend packs, to benefit students who don’t get enough to eat in our school system…although that was certainly inspiring.

It was more than the Christmas DJ, the decorations, the fun opening video (see below), the Christmas carols mash-up, the giveaways, stage game, and more….although this all funneled to the moment.

It was the worship. 1800 students. Singing. Worshiping. Giving glory to the King Jesus, the reason to worship and celebrate on Christmas.

All of it started with a vision from God of what could be, fueled by a dedicated team of student ministries pastors and EBC staff members, led by hundreds of praying, supporting, and promoting volunteer leaders, and ultimately became a reality because of the work of the One, Jesus.

EBCFest Festival of Festiveness Auditorium Worship at EBCFest Pageant Pics from EBCFest

Can you win in ministry? (Part 3)

Can you win in ministry?

Well, yes, but only if you define what it means to win. And yes, only if you understand that “winning” doesn’t necessarily mean achieving the stated goals. In my mind, winning is about striving after (not achieving) the God-given goals and objectives for your ministry. Achieving becomes more of a me-focused approached to ministry; striving is more about the ways we work diligently towards the goals God has control over accomplishing or not.

With that being said, if you missed part 1 or part 2 of this series, check it out.

In this post, I promised I would lay out some of the ways we help our volunteers define what it means to win on any given program night.

We firmly believe and have heard from several volunteers that sometimes they feel like they aren’t making a difference or actually doing anything. They feel like they spin in circles sometimes with no traction. While we assure them this is typically what it feels like to be in student ministry, we also want to make sure we don’t use this as an excuse to not give them a win to strive after.

So, led by our amazing student ministries staff team, we developed several win statements for each volunteer position. In other words, no matter what role a volunteer serves in, they can look at this win and ask themselves: Did they do this one sentence win each night? If they answer yes, they can feel “successful.” If they can’t answer yes, then we want them to re-evaluate what they were doing and why they were doing it.

Here are a few examples of volunteer win statements:

Small Group Leader: Connects relationally with a small group of students to create an environment of spiritual growth through the pursuit of the 5 Essentials.

Check-In Leader: Create an amazing student experience by engaging with students through the check in process so they feel welcome and known.

Security Team Member: Create a safe and welcoming environment by helping students get involved with the activities and ensuring there are no major distractions.

Set up/Take Down Team Member: Create a unique and engaging environment for students by setting up and taking down key elements within the building.

These are just a few examples of ways we try to encourage volunteers to self-assess each night and feel like they are winning.

Can you win in ministry? Maybe the more important question is: Have you defined what a win is and have you given people a way to win on a daily and nightly basis within your ministries?