from time to time our student ministry begins to look more like a country club than a church, and outsiders have to fight their way in to be noticed. i’m sure it’s a problem only we face (i wish), so here’s something we’ve used to try to help break down the cliques. (actually it’s something i stole from another great youth worker)
SPREAD THE MANURE!
here’s the deal… when manure sits in one pile altogether, it smells really bad. it steams up in a very gross way. and if anybody ever touches it, they get sucked in and literally may never come out.
BUT… when the manure is spread throughout the field, things grow! it fertilizes the soil, creates an environment for plants to take root, and it allows the nutrients in the soil to be absorbed.
the same is true in our ministries. and from time to time we need to remind our students (and leaders) that they need to spread out so that people can grow!
rather than calling a student out on the spot, every now and then when we see a big clumpy clique walking around the room together, we tend to wave our hand in front of our nose, say something like “wow it smells in here”, and just keep walking by. our student leaders know what we’re talking about and usually get the hint.
spread the manure!