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Who Determines What Your Ministry Looks Like?

This morning I heard an interesting quote that was credited to Steve Jobs, the recently retired CEO and primary creative force of Apple:
“It isn’t the job of the consumer to determine what they want.”

Wow! Read that one again. The junior high ministry correlations are interesting to ponder. Here are a few thoughts that might be worth your time:

– How much of what we teach should be “felt need” (what they want), VS. what we as experts in young teen ministry know they need to learn?
– How much of a “voice” should the students in our ministries have concerning planning of events, activities, elements of our programs, etc.?
– Should our ministries as a whole be a reflection of what kids want…..or is it up to us to determine FOR THEM what they want, need etc.?

Would love to hear your thoughts!

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Kurt Johnston has been involved in junior high ministry since 1988 and is currently the junior high pastor at Saddleback Church in Southern California. He's the author of Controlled Chaos: Making Sense of Junior High Ministry and Go Team! He loves providing resources for junior high ministry almost as much as he loves junior highers themselves.