Youth Ministry as Family (Part 2)

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*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:

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Why all good things must come to an end

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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.

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The Dude Abides

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Ever heard someone use the phrase “God showed up?” Usually it’s uttered after a powerful worship service. After the singing and the preaching, someone says, “Wow. God was there. Did you feel that?” I know I’ve said it before. But it’s one of those sayings that isn’t accurate. The longer I follow Jesus I realize that He is with me and he’s not leaving. He’s not the type that comes late to a party or “shows up” when he feels like it. He abides.

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