A Rant About Airports, Tools and My Greatest Youth Ministry Fear

 I’ve been stuck at an airport in New York City for over 24 hours. 

In between the bouts of frustration I’ve had a lot of time to think.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Every year I take a team of students to New York City for a short term urban missions trip.  It’s always a highlight of my year.  I love seeing the students serving and putting into practice what they’re learning.  It also doesn’t hurt that I get to spend a week every year in one of my favorite cities.

As I sit in this airport I’ve been reflecting.  I’ve been reflecting on conversations I had with students.  I have been reflecting on the churches we visited and ministries we partnered with.  As I reflect I realize I have a great fear in youth ministry.  Here it is…

Are You Doing The Right Job With Your Tools?

There are all sorts of tools for youth ministry.

There are apps, blogs, books and social media that are all tools.  My fear is that tools can become the focus.

Why do you do youth ministry?  What are all of these tools trying to accomplish?

I will give you a hint, it has nothing to do with;

  • How large your youth ministry is
  • How cool your logo is
  • How many people follow the group on social media
  • How hip your leaders are