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I think it’s best to close with a few practical examples of how these help. Here are three common “great ideas” that a youth pastor faces and the logic I would use when deciding if this distracts us or keeps us on target.
We should have a student band!
This is one of my favorites. I love the idea of the kids getting to lead the music. BUT…before I say “yes” we need to run it through the filter.
1. Find great people and give them a healthy culture in which to grow and connect with students. – NO CHECK – This does nothing for helping us systematically find great small group leaders.
2. Create shared quality experiences built around Biblical truth for the students and the small group leaders. - NO CHECK – Again, this may provide quality experiences for the four or five kids, but that is between the kids and whoever is directing the band. Have you ever calculated how many hours it takes to direct a good student band? I personally believe it will eat up 10-20 hours a week.
3. Give parents access to #1 and #2. NO CHECK – If #1 and #2 aren’t satisfied…no way this one is.
Verdict: I won’t pursue a student band until my room is full of great small group leaders and my program is refined to giving students and small group leaders shared quality experiences around biblical truth while giving parents access to both. Until I’m doing that well and consistently, I won’t commit the time and resources to developing a student band.
We should have a sports program at our church!