Planning A Positive Pandemic

Last post said, “Warriors, Suit Up!” What steps have you taken to more deeply fall in love with God? What steps have you taken to align yourself with building God’s Kingdom in every part of your life?

December 2017, I played the collaboration board game “Pandemic” for the first time. Players work together in Pandemic to pool their intellect and strategic planning as well as the resources they have from their game cards. The objective involves curing four viruses before they proliferate. Sometimes, no matter what a team does, the game will win. Other times, with solid planning and teamwork, competitors experience victory!

The last time I looked at a Pandemic board layout, instead of being drawn to view where impending disaster could strike, I started picturing C.E. on the board. Knowing C.E.’s origins as a movement, I asked what needed to take place so this attitude and experience could be witnessed again? There are several possible answers to this question, but one involves young people learning about and picking up local church Mission objectives. Next, the young people begin carrying out these objectives.

Soon the children, teens and young adult ministries will begin to be seen and felt as if they are the pastor’s right arm. They will receive this reputation as they build relationship with the pastor, learn about the church’s local mission focus, and carry out tasks to tangibly advance the vision.

Two obstacles exist. First, many pastors abdicate their responsibilities as true front-line ministers of and with the young people. C.E. won’t be the right arm for anyone who forwards any messages about young people to other staff or volunteers without considering the relationship he or she has with young people. Second, the church actually needs a mission focused identity (this can include items such as a clear mission or purpose statement, written values, programming objectives). Extreme difficulty ensues when passionate young people cannot take growth steps because the adult part of the church lacks focus and urgency.

So, ask whether your church’s lack of organized mission planning is preventing a positive “Pandemic” from out-breaking through God moving in young people. Get focused, and set the young people free!

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