Teens & Faith: Hard questions about youth ministry

It's not easy to work with youth in the church, but some are gifted for it. We all need to share our experience and work together for the success of the Church.

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Seeking to follow where God leads, and thankful that grace covers my multitude of errors.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

The dangers of cruise control

Cruise control is a wonderful thing. I had become so used to it in my car. And then my car was stolen. Now I have a car with cruise control but it doesn't work. Ha! I have become very used to a lack of cruise control for driving. Now I am faced with the fact that my ministry has been on cruise control for a while.

Cruise control is not something that everyone notices at first. It's only when you continue to move at the same speed for a period of time that people without it begin to notice. So the fact that those around me have finally (and thankfully) come to me to tell me that they could see it in the youth ministry means that I've been on cruise control for a while. Probably longer than I even realize.

It's sooo easy get into a groove and like it and leave things there. I mean, after a while it almost feels like I deserve it. The problem is that I don't. And neither do those I minister to and with. Cruise control is a disengaged state. No ministry can afford that.

Are you in cruise control in your life? Maybe, like me, you think you have a good reason for it (if you are.) I would now argue that none of us has that right. It means the heart isn't in it. Wouldn't that grieve Jesus? I am repenting. I ask you to do the same if you're where I am.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Believers vs. disciples

I've been reading "The Irresistible Revolution" by Shane Claiborne. He tells the story of his struggle and growth as a disciple of Christ. He kicks my butt. I am asking the question, "Am I helping to create believers or disciples in our youth ministry?" Yes, I do see a difference. I've heard it said that Satan himself believes in Christ, he just doesn't follow him. Being a believer isn't good enough. I fear that I have helped teens to grow into believers that wouldn't describe themselves as followers. I need to be leading teens into action, not only belief. Disciples are followers who believe, too.