Gospel > Gimmicks: God’s Blueprint to Reach this Generation

I’m live blogging from Catalyst Conference. Catalyst is a next-generation conference that  embolden leaders from all over the world. The theme of Catalyst for 2015 is “Awaken the Wonder.” Wonder invites potential. Wonder provides vision. Wonder inspires. Wonder leads us to God. Brad Cooper is the Family Ministries Pastor at NewSpring Church in South Carolina. Brad oversees KidSpring and Fuse, two of NewSpring’s largest ministries. Brad has a passion for the next generation and seeing students’ and children’s lives changed by Jesus Christ. Brad is the primary communicator for Fuse and has a unique ability of connecting with the students of NewSpring Church.

Here are Five Strategies to Help Build Your Student Ministry

1. You are building a church, not a ministry.

Important to have a shared vision with your student ministry and overall church vision. When you have two visions, you have division. Ask your senior pastor to speak your heart your heart to about student ministry. The department serves the whole company and the brand. It is not a separate entity of itself. What is the heartbeat for our students that you want me to steward?

2. Gospel, Gospel, Gospel

Gospel is the only thing that changes hearts. Gospel is the greatest common denominator to make real change. Say “No” to other things to say “Yes” to the gospel.

3. Game Film (Evaluation and Coaching)

If it matters you evaluate it. If you value something, you evaluate it. Evaluate with the heart to coach. Stop looking like a coach, being sweaty with players. Celebrate well. Coaches lose their mind when the players do the right thing. As leaders, you need to learn how to celebrate. Catch your followers doing the right thing. Celebrate people by name and be specific. What gets celebrated gets replicated. Talk about your values and refer to people who are living it out. This helps you build equity.

4. Relationships

Create a unified team, a community. You’re not going to have relationship in your organization if you don’t have relationship in your own life. Your unity and impact will trend together. If your team and volunteers are unified then your impact will trend up as well. We live in a world of overnight and technology. Relationships take seasons.

5. Grit

Grit or hustle or hard work or blisters or callous. Do it again, again, again, and again. The best leaders are sweaters. It takes grit to say “No” to things.