look for partnerships first

Our church is holding a Young Adults Ministry conference this week, and I have the privilege to speak to them about mobilizing their Young Adults to serve.

There are several points (probably too many for my 15-minute talk…), but one of the biggest is the encouragement to partner rather than create activities – whenever possible, of course.

College ministers have the opportunity to partner in a lot of ways – not just service opportunities. Whether it’s for service opportunities, teaching, disciplemaking, worship, men’s ministry, women’s ministry, retreats, mission trips, or other aspects of our ministry, there are churches, campus ministries, and other ministries near and far that might offer great partnerships. You may partner once for one event, or you may partner in an ongoing way.

There are still plenty of times that you need to create your own opportunities, for a variety of reasons. But if this stuff is happening anywhere, why wouldn’t you at least examine partnerships first?

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