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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Paper Towns

paper townsThis weird thing has taken place in my life and I feel the time has come for me to confess this. I sort of feel like Usher circa 2003 “These are my confessions.” Okay, here it is: I read the same books as teenage girls. It feels good getting that off my chest. But I should explain. At the beginning of summer, I had a few students (and by students I mean high school girls) in my youth group who recommended I read a few books. So I took them up on the offer because…well…I am a good pastor.

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Grace is a journey not a destination

 

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I’m starting to learn that grace is a journey, not a destination. You don’t arrive at grace one day and say, “Finally, I’ve made it.” Nor do you attain grace by work and accomplishments as if enough time and effort provides you with grace. Grace is an ever-present dynamic that you never outgrown, have your quota filled, or find it unnecessary.

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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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