Mashed Potatoes? Really?

First of all, welcome to my blog! I hope you find it encouraging, challenging, or at least entertaining. So now that I’ve explained the purpose, let’s talk about the title. Mashed Potatoes? Really? I’ll elaborate.

If your entry point into Student Ministry was anything like mine, you probably didn’t spend 3 years as a mentee to a seasoned Student Pastor, then engage in an 18-month transition, finally placing your name plate on your office door with binders full of resources ready to go.

No, if your experience was like mine, you just kinda…ended up in the role. And, if you’re like me, you weren’t born with an inherent understanding of how Youth Ministry worked; really, to a large extent, you made it up as you went along.

Well, there’s an old saying in the brainstorming world (and by old, I mean your students will roll their eyes if you use it in Youth Service). It’s simply this “Let’s throw some mashed potatoes against the wall, and see what sticks.”

That was and is the Student Ministry world for me. It’s a lot of trail and error, and then looking back to say “This worked well,” or “That was horrible; I’m never doing that again.” I think you’ll see that this blog is intended to bring that conversation to a public forum.

Really, this space is about ideas; the good ones, the bad ones, and everything in between. I’ll share mine, and I hope you’ll share yours. My goal some days will be to inspire you. Some days it will be to equip you with practical resources. Some days it will be to provoke thought. And some days it will simply be to share what’s on my mind, however ridiculous it may be. After all….you never know if it’ll stick until you throw it out there.

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