This is what I have been thinking about, do I believe in me, or better yet do I believe God believes in me. I mean there has been many times in my life that i can count the people that don’t believe in me. I can I feel remember the times that my Dad did not believe in me, or times that i felt teachers in college or churches i was at didn’t believe in me. I thought a lot about if i gave them a reason not to. Was I always about me and not about i was letting God do through me.
IDK, i wonder about a lot of this stuff… I found this video, it made me smile and made me think.
This is me being honest, i feel i was born to network. I remember on summer i was all about collecting bottles and going to the convenient store to turn them in and get candy. Those were some of my best memories. I started to see something, i was only getting a small amount of bottles and small of candy. So i started pulling in boys down the street to pool bottles for money to get better candy to share. I was always using networking as a tool to do more together. On thing i have found after talking to countless rookie pastor and even some veteran ones that in their community networking is not a a “big thing”.
I get that is not always easy though, we all get busy right? With our programs, our small groups, our outreach stuff, our camps and while we do it all to the glory of God we also for the most part are all doing the same stuff. the method might be different but the parts are all the same.
When i started looking at my local churches i saw one thing, that just like when i was a kid if you pull people together there is more we can do together. And again networking is the tool to get this done.
So here are some quick easy steps to network when your not a networker.
1-Check you motives to network- is your goal to brag on yourself or to encourage others. Its not a contest but a race we are running together.
2-Get out a map- Look at the 4 or 5 churches closest to you and start there. Don’t worry about denominations, just that they love jesus and love students.
3-Be willing to make the first move- Sometimes the other person wont call you, so like asking the girl to prom you may have to buck up and cold call your pastor from another pasture down the street. You be willing and God will do the heavy lifting.
4-We all eat lunch right- Food is the best open door there is, and every one eats lunch even the most busy youth pastors in America go to Chipotle or five guys. Go with and have great conversation.
5-Have a goal- do you want to plan events together, vent, share local strategies, have a local in the trenches prayer partner. Know you goal going in and make it known. and saying you just want to hang out is a great goal to have.
6-There are more ideas- There are many more ways and paths to networking with others, ask people that do it, try stuff out on your own. but whatever you do, don’t do nothing.