From YouthMinistry.com on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 @ 2:02 AM PST
in the "Blog" Category.
The event is over—you collapse in a heap swearing you'll never do another overnighter again. Deep down, as much as you hate it, you see relationships growing with students and know the Gospel is being presented, so maybe… just maybe, you'll do it again. Either way, now is the time to sleep.
Your peaceful and overdue slumber is sharply broken by the piercing of your cell phone. It's 9 A.M. and the church staff is just getting to the office and wading through the aftermath of your event. The trustee is ticked about the Diet-Coke-and-Mentos-covered parking lot. The deacon wants to know why the baptismal is now empty and the carpets are so wet. The church cleaning guy is frustrated at the amount of toilet paper that's missing and the senior pastor called having found where it ended up—the trees in his front yard.
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This fictional event…well, honestly some of it is fiction…holds some great reminders. Yesterday we said make sure you say thanks; today's reminder is to make sure you clean it up—which is how you say thanks to your church for letting you do this stuff in the first place!
A few lessons from our fable:
1) If possible, don't use your own facility for "high maintenance" events. Rent out a YMCA or travel to a few different places so one place doesn't take such a beating.
2) Clean up after yourself. There's no faster way to lose your credibility, position, or salvation than leaving a mess in your event's wake.read more