is this fair?
ok, from nothing to two posts in one day…
so, is this fair?
i don’t want to offend any students who may read, but i’m thinking about something i want to share so i can see what others think. as i think about why students come or don’t come to our ministry events, i wonder if it has something to do with the idea of, “what have you done for me lately?” because i know i’ve had some great relationships with students over the years and it’s not necessarily a lack of their liking me or our leaders that determines why or why not they come. so if it’s not always us, what is it? is it their desire and need to have us right there, top of mind, constantly reminding them and doing for them that makes them receptive to coming? is it a part of growing maturity or is it their insanely busy lives? and if it is busy lives, are we doing them a disservice by being a constant reminder or annoyance inviting them to participate?
if some of this is true, that’s a scary thought. not just because we would have to be always reminding and in their “field of view”, but that we would have to do that with more students than is possible for just a single youth worker can handle in a church. if a typical church might have 25 to 100 high school students, then there is no way we can keep in regular contact with them and keep our ministry and events “top of mind” in their lives. even with numerous leaders, i don’t think i is entirely possible to do this on a weekly/regular basis. so what is the best route to bring Christ to them and help them keep faith as a vital part of their life and world.
so am i off base here? or is the part of the reality of why or why not students show? if so, youth ministry is drastically changing beyond our regular thinking.