Confession: I used Cliffs Notes in high school.
There. I said it.
Mrs. Klase, Mrs. Abraschoff, and Mr. Shimek: I’m sorry.
It was somewhere between trying desperately to understand Jude the Obscure (very appropriate title) and make sense of Shakespeare that I discovered the notorious yellow-and-black study helps. Regardless of if you ever used Cliff Notes to skip out on an entire book, summaries can be helpful.
Summaries give you a sense of what’s important.
Summaries provide you with a bird’s eye view of the content.
Summaries pull out the major themes you might have missed.
This isn’t Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, or Dickens, these ten summary statements will start conversations in your ministry. Share them with your team and talk through the implications together.
1. There is no substitute for a healthy church in your community.
2. Discipleship is never unsatisfying. But it’s usually hard.
3. Parents will get involved. But you have to show them how.
4. Ministry health precedes ministry growth.
5. Leadership is meant to be shared.
6. Theology modeled is theology understood.
7. Successful ministries don’t waste any decisions.
8. Children and youth are designed to serve. Right now.
9. Great ministries absolutely refuse to put relationships second.
There you have it.
You haven’t cheated.
You’ve just given yourself a few nuggets to think about.
Thanks again for everything you do!
(P.S. If you’re interested in reading MOVE, click here.)