I love the movie “The Bucket List.” It was a great movie that was uplifting, tragic, and hilarious all in one package. At the same time I hate it because it inspired a flood of crappy content that jumped on the “What would you do if you only had a few months to live?” bandwagon. But now I’m jumping on the bandwagon so it’s all ok now! 🙂
That I am leaving Grace Church has been made official and announcements have been made to my kids, church leadership, and eventually the church body. I’ve known about it far longer than the kids have, but the reality of it becoming public made it much more “real.” I am essentially living in the end times of my ministry.
One of the things I have assigned myself is to create an exit strategy. I want to make sure the youth ministry is prepared for my departure and the arrival of the next DYM. So my mind has been flooded with all of the minute details of the ministry and making sure I get as much of it as I can on paper so others will know what goes/went on in the youth ministry.
Another part of this exit strategy for me is a renewed sense of urgency in my teaching. Knowing I only have a few months left has really caused me to think hard about what I want the kids to hear. Basically I’m creating my “Teaching Bucket List.” So far, here is what I have on it:
- Salvation (yes, it’s a huge topic, but I want to make sure these kids understand what it means to be saved)
- The Cost of Discipleship (another huge topic, but one that is often ignored)
- Basic Theology
That’s pretty much it. It’s a short list, but it’s one that really can’t ever be completely covered. I might post some more about this at a later time, because this process stirred up some thoughts/observations in me.
So, for those of you in youth ministry (or with opinions in general): What would you put on your ministry bucket list?