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There's a difference between a gimmick and entertainment.
Entertainment is a part of what we do in ministry. After all, it's YOUTH ministry. If you know me, you know that I place as much value on the deep stuff of discipleship as anyone, and believe our ministries should be places that are laser-focused on spiritual formation. But, entertainment and fun is awesome when it's one facet of a holistic approach to discipleship.
I was frustrated and it was showing. I told my high school leaders that I needed them to step up. After months of trying nothing was happening and this was my plead for help. Finally, one of them said to me, “Chris, we do want to help you, it’s just that you won’t let go of control.” In other words, I was my own worst enemy. I had given them instruction on a task and then doing it myself before they even had a chance to do it themselves. That’s when I realized that I was the problem.
It’s easy to blame others when the job does not get done. In reality, pointing out other people’s flaws is easier because you do not have change. While people can be the problem, sometimes you need to pause and look in the mirror. The reason your ministry could be suffering is not because of others, but you. You could be your own worst enemy in ministry if you are not checking your:
What's your purpose for doing youth ministry? While the wording of our answers might differ some, the heart of our responses would probably be very similar, and may even be summed up in one sentence: The purpose of youth ministry is to lead students to become disciples, or followers, of Christ. Now, how this gets done looks a million different ways. And, we must acknowledge that we play different roles with different students, depending on the level of parental engagement in a student's spiritual development. But if you ask me, your call, or your task, if you will, is to play your part in making disciples of Christ.
I think about discipleship a lot. I think a great deal about how we as youth ministers and youth workers lead students to be followers of Christ and not merely nominal Christians. And I had a thought the other day I wanted to pass along to you. It's this:
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