After years of experience in student ministry, we’re convinced that healthy student ministries begin with spiritually healthy leaders. Healthy leaders create healthy disciples. It’s that simple.
A leader’s health is comprised of both the internal pieces of their soul and the outward skills they need to lead well, and when these two components are spiritually formed and fully integrated, we believe youth workers can lead and love from a healthy place.
However, too often youth workers function out of a different place – fatigued, frustrated, and spiritually unhealthy. Caught up in the busyness of ministry life, we focus on getting things done… the next lesson, the next event, the next program, all the while feeling that our soul has become disconnected. At some point, we may even think that the only way to get healthy is to retreat, withdrawal, or walk away from the ministry.
It wasn’t long after being asked this question for the first time that I realized I had never truly considered the condition of my soul. I had been leading a student ministry for years and found endless opportunities to serve, constant needs and expectations, little time for personal reflection, and ultimately an unhealthy soul. I didn’t have words for where I was at, but I knew my soul needed renewal.
A healthy ministry that overflows from a healthy soul able to love God and loving others well. A fully integrated leader using his or her skills and soul to impact the lives of teens.
That’s our passion.
The Project is committed to caring for the youth worker’s soul and providing opportunities to resource them for the work of the ministry – healthy leaders in healthy ministries. This is why we’re here. This is why we’re passionate about renewing souls and resourcing leaders.