Somebody I’ve never met and who worships at a church I’ve never visited called me the other day to talk about their church’s youth ministry. He’s part of a team assessing their high school program, calling other churches to learn what they’re doing.
I don’t know if he got anything out of my description of what we’re doing, but I at least got something out of giving it. He asked very basic questions, about structure and purpose, that are easy to leave un-asked when you’re in the weekly weeds of banging out flyers and plans.
Even as you speak the rationale, for example, behind running three youth groups during the same hour every week, a voice in your head speaks up: Why are we doing it this way again? What assumptions are we making? Who does this not work for?
If you’re stuck, ask someone to interview you.