We have a problem in our youth ministries. Actually it is a problem with us youth workers. The problem is that we like results. Now results in and of themselves are not bad. The problem is that we are drawn to these results like a fish to that worm on the hook. We want it so bad and it is not until it is too late that we realize that we should have been chasing something else.
My problem is that we will do anything for those results, within reason, and the odd time outside of reason. We will bribe, guilt and manipulate students to come to youth. But if we don’t go that far then we will worry more about what the students want that will make them like us or our ministry. Or probably the most subtle but dangerous problem is that we become more concerned with how things look, style, than really anything else.
What we need are youth workers that are more committed to depth in their lives and their ministries.
Here is something we all need to continually develop in order to dig into the depth required for ministering to students.