Monday, July 1, 2013

Riding The Horse That Brought You

A Texas Campus Minister used that term when I asked him what he thought was the most important thing you could do. What does "Ride the horse that brought you mean."?

Simply put, it means you got to be you where you are. All of us have specific skills and spiritual gifts that we bring to our ministry, as well our experiences in life and ministry. Our main tool in college Ministry is us!

A few years ago a friend who had a large ministry began to experience a downturn...and a new ministry on campus was booming doing something different. My friend switched to the "new thing" and left much that had been the success of his ministry in the past. Was that progress, expanding the box, or did he unwisely leave the horse that brought him? After 2 or 3 years, my friend left that approach to go on to something else.

Here are some questions to consider:

1. Does the new approach fit my abilities and experience?

2. How will the students we are currently reaching respond to the change?

3. Does this campus need another version of this other ministry?

4. REALLY, why am I considering this change?

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