A few months ago I sat and wrote some priorities for the next academic year.  I came across them a few days ago and thought I’d blog on them:

Things to say no to

  • Boys’ Brigade Weekends Away (2 weekends per year).
  • Leading a youth cell group.
  • Regularly attending the Tonbridge & Malling Youth Association.
  • Regularly attending  the Trench Neighbourhood Action Group.
  • 50% of Connexions Networking meetings.
  • A local secondary school’s Yr 5 transition days.
  • A local secondary school’s Governors role.
  • Doing less Fairtrade presentations in local secondary schools.

Things to focus on

  • Management, leading, and pastoring of adults
  • Writing of resources and articles
  • Doing further study (possibly including the gaining of JNC status)
  • The transition of year 6s including those about to attend our local secondary school
  • Moving mentoring (both for me and by me) to school holidays
  • Recruiting and training of leaders
  • Delegation of administrative tasks

What are some things you’re having to say no to, and what are the other things you’re focussing more on.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

0 thoughts on “Partnership”

  1. Yes Chris, I agree. When our focus is on relationships I think that anything we can add to the half an hour a week or every two weeks in a large or small group setting can only be good. Support, sharing resources and encouragement are all big pluses in my book when it comes to partnership. You get the reinforcement that you’re not alone in ministry, the youth get to see that it’s bigger than just their youth group.
    I’ve thrown a few verses together to add a little theological context which I hope is helpful.

    We can do more together than each organisation could do by itself:

    Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
    9 Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their work:

    (when you tie up 2 oxen to pull a cart they can pull at least 2 or 3 times the amount as much as they could independently)

    We all need support and encouragement::

    10 If one falls down,
    his friend can help him up.
    But pity the man who falls
    and has no one to help him up!

    11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?

    12 Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
    A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

    Jeremiah 29: 7-9
    7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

    (A little reminder to stay focussed on God and listening to His voice, in the verse that follows: if the partners start trying to point you in a different direction from which you’re called…)

    8 For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, 9 for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name;I did not send them, declares the LORD.

    And of course the do not be unequally yoked verse (2 Corintians 6:14) is something to wrestle with.


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