Ministry With Youth

Next Sunday is Youth Sunday. Our Youth are going to be leading all three worship services and we’ve got five preachers lined up for the morning. Last night at youth group we worked on a song we’re going to sing as the offertory for each service, our preachers got together and worked with one of our adult leaders, and we coordinated our readers, liturgists, greeters, and ushers.

I am so excited! The enthusiasm of my preachers is exciting and the energy that other youth had in signing up to help lead other parts of the services was wonderful too.

I’m sure I’ll report back after Sunday to let you know how things went, but I’ll leave you today with some thoughts that will be on the front of next week’s bulletin.

Duffy Robbins, a veteran youth minister has observed the following: “Jesus didn’t say, I can teach the truth—he said, I am the truth. ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.’ Too often we make the mistake of exposing our youth to a Word become word, instead of the Word become flesh. What does that mean in a practical sense? It means we cannot do effective youth ministry from a distance. We cannot expect genuine discipleship to happen only through a Sunday school lesson. We cannot approach disciple-making as if we were some kind of youth ministry lifeguards who sit above an adolescent swimming pool and perform our jobs by blowing the whistle and yelling safety instructions from a distance.”
To effectively be in ministry to our youth we need to be in ministry with our youth; knowing them, learning with them, laughing with them, sharing life with them as we all grow together.

It is one of the greatest joys of my job to work with these youth and I have no doubt that I’ll be exceedingly proud next Sunday!

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