One of the volunteers in our youth ministry used the metaphor of surfing to describe life right now. He didn’t elaborate, but what I’m taking from the metaphor is that everything we are trying to do is effected by conditions we don’t control, and those conditions are changing in ways both minute and major almost constantly. What’s required of ministry leaders is less a commitment to preconceived plans than a willingness to adapt in the moment, whether that means riding a wave we didn’t see coming or deciding to let one pass we thought was going to be great.
Surfing doesn’t mean not planning, though. The plan is our board.