Burnt Popcorn pt. 2

Burnt Popcorn: And Other Things That Go Bump in the Night in Youth Ministry 

As we learned earlier Burnt Popcorn happens.  More important than Burnt Popcorn happening is our response to Burnt Popcorn.  Our response can determine how we grow as leaders and how our students grow as followers of Christ.

One of the temptations that we can have in ministry is to use the Popcorn button.  My wife always tells me that you can never trust the Popcorn button.  Why you may ask?  Because your should never just set it and forget it.  For youth ministers the Popcorn button can give a false sense of reality.  Once the plan is in place everything should go according to that plan.  Once we hit the Popcorn button we should have a perfectly popped bag of Popcorn.  Right?  Well, the truth of the matter is that something will always happen that may cause some burning.  This is where flexibility comes into place as leaders.  As I said earlier more important than  Burnt Popcorn happening is our response to Burnt Popcorn.  We can either be derailed by it or we can do something about it.  We need to learn when to fight it, when to stop it, and when to just go with the flow.  

We should not live in this place where we just expect things to go wrong all of the time, but we need to be realistic enough in our expectations that our plans may be altered.  The key is that we respond in the right way and not let any hindrances or obstacles determine the product of what we hope to produce.  Good things can come from Burnt Popcorn.

Burnt Popcorn pt. 1


2 comments so far

  1. Rob Martin on

    Also a side note… The burnt popcorn on the trip came from hitting the popcorn button.

  2. joshlange on

    It’s so true

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