How I will judge your YM program
I was thinking about this a lot lately, how to judge your Young Men’s Program, or to get even more raw, how good are you as a YM leader?
After much contemplation I settled on this: the single most important factor in judging YM leaders is how they minister to the boys. My definition of “minister” is the amount of love you have for them along with the works you do that are motivated by that love. I think that is how Jesus will judge YM leaders. Fortunately, I don’t have the capacity to see into hearts, so I can’t judge that, so I need to find a different way to judge you all.
So, I started looking for a metric… a number. Without a doubt the most important number is the percentage of your young men who serve Missions. On the surface that works, but I decided it wouldn’t be fair to use that number. Frankly that number is largely dependent on the spiritual circumstance of those who are delivered to your door. That is not to minimize the affect the YM’s program can have, but it is to say it is not the only or even necessarily the primary factor (primary factor would be home life, IMHO).
So, how about measuring the time you spend with the boys. While that is absolutely relevant to the quality of the program, it is often not in the control of the leader. Sometimes they just have jobs that don’t allow them to go camping once a month and a week off for Scout Camp and a week off for High Adventure. A fair measure might be the percentage of your free time after legitimate work demands & family obligations, but I have no way to judge that.
So the measure that I came up with to judge the quality of your program is this: How well do you plan. Are you making it up as you go along? Are you constantly scrambling at the last minute for Mutual Activities? Are you teaching the boys to plan? Do the parents know what is scheduled? Are assignments made and followed up on?
Obviously I am just goofing around, and not really judging anyone, but I have been thinking this through in an attempt to evaluate my own effectiveness as a YM leader. My weakness is lack of planning, and I now set on improving that. How are you stacking up?