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My 3 Caddy Rules for Ministry

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I’m a golfer. I’ve played the game off and on most of my life. More importantly, I love being around golfers.

There is a joke among golfers that there are just three rules to a caddy’s job. “Just show up, keep up, and shut up.

That’s really how I feel about our burgeoning youth ministry. I’m just trying to show up, keep up, and shut up.

Show up

Let’s be real. As a volunteer that is 85%. I want to get there on time, be ready to join in whatever needs to be done, and be present emotionally.

Keep up

I’m learning. Tonight I came home feeling good because I felt like I learned a bunch of the kids names. I feel like I have a ton more to learn so that I feel like I’m actually contributing. I’ve got to keep up.

Shut up

The kids in our ministry could care less what I do for a living, how long I’ve been in ministry, or anything else. I just need to shut up and be there for them.

By Adam McLane

Adam McLane is a partner at The Youth Cartel, co-author of A Parent's Guide to Understanding Social Media, blogger of 10+ years, and a fan of all things San Diego State University Aztecs.

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