The “RUT”

This week I am fortunate enough to be hanging out at the Children’s Pastors Conference in San Diego meeting new friends and catching up with old ones. By old, I mean friends I’ve known them for a while. Okay, they’re old. Anyway, I love re-living fun memories, sharing ministry ideas and making connections that will help grow me as a leader.

I realize more and more how absolutely vital relationships are in ministry. This is a great conference with lots of workshops, gifted general session speakers, tons of resources and the list goes on. But one of the most valuable opportunities in a setting like this is the connecting. Just simply listening to other people’s stories, struggles, goals and dreams really fuels my passion and challenges my thinking.

And I need that! It’s all too easy to get stuck in a rut. You know what a rut is?

R – Robotic

U – Unchallenged

T – Thinking

Being stuck in a rut is discouraging and draining. It prevents the flow of creativity and limits our potential. It’s not easy to get out of a rut, but one thing is for sure….if you are stuck in a rut, you will go the direction the rut wants you to go.

One of the ways to combat the natural tendency to fall into ruts is to connect and build relationships with other people who do what you do. Being around other people who are passionate about kid min challenges my thinking and that is worth the price of admission for me.


  1. Hey Steve, did you whisper this blog post?

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