How are you developing spiritually and professionally?

spiritual-growth1-1 It is so easy to get caught up in the tyranny of the urgent and forget to make time for the most important things.  There will always be ministry to do, and programs to manage, but if we are not careful we will quickly become a shell of the person we are supposed to be.

As you mine the internet for games and curriculum, preparing your epic talk and putting out fires, it is easy to forget that while these tasks are important, they are actually not the core of what makes a solid and successful ministry.  The core of a solid and successful ministry is a youth worker who is humble, teachable, and continually putting time and effort into their spiritual and professional development.

While I love sharing best practices and am always looking for additional games to get me through this upcoming Wednesday night, what I am most interested in today is what do you do for spiritual and professional development.

THIS IS A RISK, BUT WOULD YOU CONSIDER ACTUALLY ENGAGING?

I would find it incredibly helpful and encouraging if you would be willing to share with me and one another how you are intentionally developing your walk with Jesus and becoming a better youth worker.  I'll show you mine, and maybe you will show me yours :)

THIS IS HOW I GROW SPIRITUALLY:

  • I am slowly cranking through the one year Bible, but I am doing it at a 2+ year pace :)
  • I meet with a spiritual director
  • The books that have been rocking my world lately are N.T. Wright's book, "After You Believe," and Eugene Peterson's book, "The Contemplative Pastor."
  • Thanks to my friend Phil, I have taken up surfing once a week for some soul care.

THIS IS HOW I GROW PROFESSIONALLY:

  • I am totally committed to my local and denominational networks
  • I try to participate in at least one conference or training event a year.
  • I attempt to present at at least one conference a year.  (I have a 20% success rate. Hahaha)
  • I blog and read other blogs.
  • I meet weekly with my lead pastor.
  • I always ask for feedback.

WHAT DO YOU DO?