The lyrics are haunting me. “I’m gonna swan dive baby, right into the irresistible future.” I think about lyrics through the eyes of ministry. Kinda weird, but I do! In 2010 I am confident churches that will take steps to become more engaged in strategy rather than just offering a childrens ministry. Kudos for even baby steps! BUT, the churches that swan dives, with undying passion to see kids and families reconnect with a plan in place? Wow! Those who are emphasizing shared experiences in spiritual growth? Look out! Those churches will grow. More than that, they will abound! Why? Because God has a plan. And that plan has never been random. It has been well thought out- with an end in mind, (and a real good one, I might add.) If you teach in silo’d uncreative methods in your ministry area in 2010, you will get what you have always gotten.
An alternative idea? Swan dive. Swan dive with me into the future of 2010 with a new strategy of engaging kids and families. Start by reading Think Orange by Reggie Joiner. Better yet, swan dive and have your church staff read! Happy New Year!