Curb Appeal

I’m home sick today.  (I’m actually home every day – I office here – but today, I’m laying on the couch, watching TV, and trying to recover from the latest ‘contagion’ spread around our house by my three sons!)

I’m watching the show Curb Appeal on HGTV (don’t judge me.)  The show takes run-of-the-mill, nothing-special, somewhat-run-down houses and turns them into beautiful show homes…at least from the curb.

The show has inspired some thoughts on youth ministry….

1.)  Curb appeal matters.  A gorgeous front porch and updated siding make people take a second look at your house (and your youth ministry.)   Have you looked at your space recently?  Is it clean?  Does it need fresh paint?  Do you have ‘youth ministry’ lying all over the place and ripped up, outdated posters on your splatter-painted walls?  It could be time for a make over.

2.)  Curb appeal doesn’t matter most.  An amazing looking space might create the ‘oooh, ahhh’ factor you want – but it won’t hold attention for long.  Let’s face it – all houses had the ‘oooh, ahhh’ factor when they were first built.  No one sets out to build an ugly house.  But over time, shine fades.  What keeps you in the house is love,  family, community.  Ministry mirrors that.  Your pretty, shiny youth room may attract kids for a season – but eventually it won’t be as anchoring.  How are you building relationships?  Are you nurturing friendships and community between students?  Adults?  Staff?

3.) It’s all in the hands of the Designer (who isn’t you!)  The experts on Curb Appeal always see past ‘what is’ and into ‘what could, should, and will be.’  Their vision is always beyond what the home-owner can see.  Never forget that Jesus is the Master Designer.  He has drafted an amazing plan for the ministry you live in.  Let Him do His work.  Stand back and be amazed at the transformation.  His vision will go way beyond curb appeal.  Total transformation will be His plan.

And just like the lucky recipients of Curb Appeal – you’ll simply stand, mouth agape, eyes brimming, speechless at His complete make-over.

Author: Darren Sutton

I've been in student ministry nearly 30 years…which generally just confirms how much I still don't know. Some days I'm the pizza-eating, over-responding, teaching-on-the-fly, desperate-for-volunteers, frustrated-with-co-workers youth leader that we all are. And sometimes…I knock it out of the park. I'm everywhere on social media that you are!

One thought on “Curb Appeal”

  1. Curb appeal attracts, but kitchens and bathrooms sell houses! If the physical look of te space and the shinyness of the programs is the curb appeal, then what are the kitchens and bathrooms?

    I think relationship might just be the kitchen. This is where conversation happens in the home so often. The primary relationship is with Jesus. Are try being fed? But our caring relationships also help create a lasting relationship between the shopper and our house!

    I think bathrooms might be how we walk through the mess of life with people. It’s the, “will you still love me when you’ve seen my $#!¥” question.

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