Gravity + Glue.
What are you attracting students with and what are you keeping them with?
In establishing a vision for your ministry it is important to understand these two concepts.
Gravity: what are you pulling people in with? What is your tool or key to connecting people to your organization or ministry?
What is that gravitational pull that attracts others to you?
If your response is…I don’t know, it might be time to sit down, take a long hard look at what you do and create your vision.
- Is it your community?
- Is it your programs?
- Is it your product?
What is it?
This drives all the effort regarding your reach to your community.
What about your glue?
What do you do to keep people returning time and time again?
By understanding the difference you can begin the process of assessing the quality of your glue.
Are you working with double sided sticky tape, Elmer’s glue, or rubber cement?
Larry Osborne in Sticky church says it this way,
We’ve often become so focused on reaching people that we’ve forgotten the importance of keeping people.
The more valuable of these two options, the glue.
It seems that many youth programs focus on the gravity and the reach rather than closing the back door and focusing on how to strengthen the glue that keeps our students connected.
before you can focus on the glue…you need to know what the glue is.
What is the glue in your ministry or organization?