Here it is: Things happen because someone causes it to happen.
I am looking deeply at our youth ministry, and church in general that I have been pastoring for the last almost 5 years. There are certain truths I have learned that I know, in order to come to the next level in 'ministry' - whatever that is... :D I will have to continue to grow and develop myself in these areas. The list is not all inclusive but a few key areas:
1) PRAYER - realizing that prayer in powerful! Partnering with the Holy Spirit and SPEAKING out the will of God in petition, decrees, even commands is mighty and effectual. The fruit of prayer is in my understanding, eternal.
2) Evangelism - how can we possibly make an impact in the world if we do not consistently witness to others about what God is doing in our lives? You simply cannot. There are many forms of evangelism and exercising influence that I believe we must tap by the wisdom and grace of God. I think as we grow in prayer we will continue to grow in grace to 'win the world to Jesus'. I think another important thing to understand is that evangelism is not hard - all you need to do is tell others what you have 'seen' and what you have 'heard', and what the Lord Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit are doing and has done in your life!
3) Discipleship - we must grow in our understanding and ability to lead, mentor and 'disciple' others in the truth. This never comes by trying to dominate or control, but simply by releasing and teaching people the perspective of truth. I know that the truth always provides a vantage point that lies do not. Telling people the truth works, plain and simple.
LOOKING FORWARD TO GROWING TOGETHER WITH ALL OF YOU IN THE KINGDOM AND GLORY OF GOD!