My trip to San Diego to be with the NNYM team last month was a great time of preparing for 2014.
I’m not an engineer or an architect, but I understand the importance of a foundation when constructing a building. If my ministry were a building, it’s time to improve the foundation!
The two areas of foundation upgrades are to:
1. form a local advisory team, and
2. increase our financial support. A long-time common definition of insanity is “to keep doing the same thing and expect different results.”
So part of that adjustment is to have a local advisory team that is composed of five to eight people. I need people who are in my corner and want to help achieve the goal of having a healthy network within reach of every youth worker in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado and Louisiana, as I raise enough to become the South Central regional coordinator for NNYM.
A healthy network results in youth workers being stronger and lasting longer in youth ministry and working together to reach more students with the gospel.
1. This to happen by the end of January, 2014.
2. For the right people to come forward and serve.
3. If you are in Lubbock and this interests you, please let me know.
My role with NNYM breaks down by spending:
35% of my time doing nuts & bolts administration, raising more prayer and financial support, and staying connecting with those supporters.
35% of my time working with established networks, helping them be stronger and healthier. I work primarily with the leaders of the six areas within Texas and the three areas in New Mexico.
30% of my time needs to be starting new networks. Currently Texas and New Mexico have almost 100 local networks. The goal for next year is to increase that by at least 10%. If we maintain that growth, in five years we’ll have over 150 groups! This is doable! A half-day at the National Youth Workers Convention October 4 led to talking to three youth workers who wanted to begin networks in Texas!
I’m excited to be working with the West Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church in planning a retreat for their youth workers. I’ll be the retreat pastor in April 2014.
I love hearing from you, so please let me know how I can be praying for you.
Sarabeth is adapting well to being a freshmen in high school and enjoying classes, speech and debate and color guard.
Thank you for helping us build a solid foundation through your praying and giving!