*This is the second post on viewing Youth Ministry through the lens of family.
Previously I wrote about viewing our youth ministries through the lens of family. The reason for this is we often get caught up in a game of program centered ministry, which is an oxymoron because managing a program isn’t ministry at all.
Ministry is about people.
Our weekly programs play a significant role in that process, but they exist only to strengthen our ministry
One of the more common illustrations of a pastor in the New Testament was a shepherd caring for his flock. Perhaps this is a metaphor that loses its potency in time, but that imagery of protecting, guiding, and nurturing is part of our call to ministry.
Part of being a pastor is, well, being pastoral. When we act like a family, we create a space where leaders are shepherds, seeking to support and care for our young people.
Do we create ministries where multiple shepherds care and guide sheep? If not, what might it look like to head in that direction? I have a few thoughts:
Have you ever had one of those “brain dead moments?” You know, a time when your brain seems to shut off and you utterly and completely mess up. A couple kids at my church like to quote Back to the Future when this happens. “Hello, hello? Anybody home? Think, McFly!” they say. It’s great fun. I had one of those moments not too long.
I had an emotional night last month and I’m finally ready to talk about. My favorite television show, The Office, aired its final episode. It was sad. It hurt. I may have even shed a tear when one of the main characters, Michael Scott, made a surprise appearance at the very end of the show. It’s just a television show, but it’s funny how connected you became to the characters. They were part of you in a way. It’s especially weird when you consider what has happened in your life between the time span of the first episode and where it is now. A lot has changed in nine years in my life and the world.