Training with navy seal recruits: A lesson on longevity in youth ministry.


Lately I've been training with navy seal recruits at the YMCA.

Of course you know that when I say "training with" I really mean sitting in the close vicinity on a mat or on a bench in the gym. I do 10 sit ups. They do 100. I do 10 push ups. They do 100.

Seals are no joke.
And their workouts are impressive.
They are training to achieve peak physical fitness.
I was talking with my husband about what it must be like to go through Navy Seal fitness training. He summed it up in a word. 


And I started to wonder it works the same for us in ministry. 
What do we need to do and be to achieve levels of peak ministry performance?
I had some thoughts about what a person needs (commitment, endurance, etc)
and was curious about what the seals require. The lists match up.
And I like their website. The banner reads: On Time. On Target. Never Quit.

Maybe we should have the same audacious tenacity in the church when it comes
to sharing Christ and Kingdom mission with the world around us?

3 Necessities for Peak Ministry Performance
Have a plan.
Keep going.
Steady wins the race.
Throw off things you don't need.
Don't keep doing things alone.
I beg you friends, please don't give up. Don't rely on a drink or on TV show to make things "feel better". Don't lose yourself to an addiction or to an obsession. Don't drown yourself in an ice cream container (guilty) or run to get some retail therapy (also guilty) to produce a little bit of happy. Get the real thing. Let go. Palms up. Fingers out. Surrendered. Go to Christ who fills you with what you need and gives purpose to your life. Then call a friend. Not an occasional "hi how are ya" friend, but a friend who is willing to be vulnerable with you and who you can be vulnerable around. Get a person who doesn't get ticked to the point of abandonment. The hard things don't make you hard when you have someone to remind you of your goal and to remind you that you are not alone.  Let them walk with you. And you stick with that person. He or she will be your cheerleader and co-laborer right beside you all the way until the finish line.

Only you can give what you can give.
So be strong and courageous in God's mighty power and we'll be finishing strong...together.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a HUGE crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sing that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us." Hebrews 12:1 NLT