“The Importance of Soil Testing (from lowes.com)
For optimal plant growth, soil must have the proper pH level. pH is measured on a scale of 1 to 14. A measurement of 7.0 is neutral. A number below 7 is acidic (sour) and above 7 is alkaline (sweet). Soil pH signifies a plant’s ability to draw nutrients from the soil.A soil test will enable you to determine whether your soil is neutral, alkaline or acidic so you can adjust the soil to the appropriate pH level. Most plants prefer nearly neutral soil with a pH between 6.2 and 7.2. To achieve this goal, acidic soil may require the application of lime. Alkaline soil may require some sulfur.Testing your soil allows you to:
Select the right plants for your garden. A pH test, for example, shows the acidity / alkalinity of your soil. You can then pick plants that will survive and thrive in your soil conditions.
Remedy your soil problems. Determine what key elements are missing from your soil.
Monitor nutrients. Nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium are needed for plant growth, color and blooming.”
FOR MINISTRY APPLICATION… LET’S REWRITE THE ABOVE TEXT…
The Importance of Soil Testing for Youth & Family Ministry
For optimal spiritual growth, the ministry cultures and environment must have the proper sF (spiritual formation) level. sF is measured on a scale of 1 to 14. A measurement of 7.0 is neutral. A number below 7 is vicious (caustic for growth) and above 7 is vibrant (catalytic for life & discipleship). Ministry sF signifies a culture’s proclivity for students and adults to be be spiritually formed fruit producing, deep rooted disciples of Jesus. A soil test will enable you to determine whether your ministry environment is vicious or vibrant so that you can make adjustments in the YM environment to better produce healthy spiritual growth. Most students require an environment with a sF level of 7 or above with 12 to 14 as idea. To achieve this goal, leaders must adjust the necessary healthy ingredients to address spiritual stagnation and foster healthy and long-term transformation.
What are the key ingredients necessary for a group to reach a vibrant sF level? WHAT DO YOU THINK MUST BE PRESENT?
Frequent Soil/Environment Testing allows you to:
Allow seeking students into the group. A sF health test, for example, that shows the vicious will not be the kind of place where new students will want to come or growth into healthy adults if they stayed.
Identify healthy sF problems. Determine what healthy values for spiritual formation are missing from your soil/group.
Monitor health. As students come and go, and adult leaders change, the YM ecology must be regularly evaluated to determine the most optimal environment for spiritual formation.