target – bo boshers
Bo Boshers shared at the first session at the Target conference. One of the concepts he shared was about the boiling point of water. At 212°F water transforms into gas. The goal of our faith, according to Boshers is to live lives of transformation. We are to “live at 212”. The problem is most students live below that mark–“way beneath their privilege”. They may get heated up from service to service, but they never quite make it to the point of transformation. Because they haven’t experienced this transformation, they can’t effectively shared that faith with others.
So the question becomes, how do we help students experience 212 living? And how is that sustained? What degree is my ministry at?
I’m not sure that Boshers ever really answered these questions (I suspect that wasn’t his goal), but he did offer a few thoughts:
- We need to expose students to the fact that they are living beneath their privilege. To reinforce the idea that God has a plan and purpose for their life.
- The “Reveal” Study Willow Creek did showed that Prayer, God’s Word, Community and Service were essential parts for transformation to take place.
- We need to model the above disciplines for students. This involves close relationship.
- We have a flawed assumption that when people come to an event, then life change takes place.
- The most important thing a leader can do is to be fully in love with Jesus. Students are looking for someone to model. What kind of example are we?