I don’t think I have ever spoken to a Youth Pastor before without somehow or another moving the conversation to curriculum and event planning. I, for one, absolutely love writing my own curriculum. I love the freedom it gives me to cover the topic that I choose and address it in the manner that I like. Writing curriculum challenges me to push myself and my understanding of God even when I feel farthest away from him sometimes.
The investment and challenge it is to write thought provoking, compelling and relevant curriculum that truly reaches out to the students in our ministry is an exciting but daunting task. I really love when the conversation about writing moves to where we write. I believe that we all have certain writing niches that we feel most comfortable in, places that we can hunker down and write away. I love the creativity that God has to instill different writing inspiration locations in our hearts. I have heard everywhere from sitting in the backyard in absolute quiet to writing in the bathroom (which to me seems like a challenge!) I believe writing (or at least attempting to write) curriculum is an essential part of our walk as leaders in the church. We have to work on being able to express our beliefs on some sort of medium. We have to work on getting the ideas our of our heart where God has placed them and get them into the hearts of the students that are so hungry for Jesus. Find your niche and start your on adventures in writing curriculum. There are three questions that I would ask when trying to find your place to write.
1. What do you love?
What is something that you absolutely love doing or being at? I, for one, love being in crowded places and plugging in my headphones and listening to the hustle and bustle of life over a worship playlist on Spotify. In fact, I am actually doing that right now. If you are a quiet person and enjoy being in silence, then find a place of solitude. If you enjoy baths, then try a bath. Find the thing you love and bundle up in it and write away.
2. Is it too distracting?
Video games or TV for the most part is a good example of this. Don’t get me wrong, I love video games and I love watching a few select shows and sports on TV. I would never try to write while doing either of those though. It is a losing battle that isn’t worth wasting your time on. I enjoy crowded places but I absolutely cannot write without my headphones on in crowded places. It’s way too easy to pick up on other peoples conversations and I get distracted too easily.
3. Do You Have a Favorite Spot?
This might seem like an odd question, but my bet is that there are a few people out there that might not be able to answer the questions above that I asked. If that is the case, find yourself a spot soon. Writing places are normally a place that you can relax and let the cares of this world melt away.
As much as ministry is a full time (and more) job, we have to have places that allow us to wind down. It’s healthy for our relationships with God, your family, staff that you work with, volunteers that work with you and your students. Find this place and visit it more than once or twice a month. Whether you have the time to spend a few hours there or 30 minutes, it’s important to give yourself time to just turn off. Writing is one of those things for me, writing for me is therapeutic. I love putting my thoughts and ideas down for later.
I would love to know what your locations are.
Do you have more than one?
How often do you visit these places?
Post yours in the comments below!