I have just returning from spending the past 3 weeks in Uganda leading a missions trip with our High School students. It was a powerful time, and despite being around teenagers 24/7 I still managed to find time to rest, pray, and think. As I sit at my desk and long for the rolling hills of Mpigi Uganda and the adorable children that live at our property there, I have one question that I can not seem to shake, and its one that has impact on many of us. So first let me give you some background.
Over the past few years I have had the great honour of meeting youth workers from all over the world, I love hearing their stories, hearing about what God is doing in the youth group and hearing their heart for ministry. After hearing about that leaders youth ministry, I often ask them to tell me about their church and the tone sometimes changes. This is where my question comes from: when I meet a youth worker who is leading an effective ministry that connects with and draws students into the Church, where they encounter the living God and begin a relationship with him. But what happens if you are in a Church whose services are targeted at a much older demographic and try as they might, students struggle to connect with God on Sunday morning.I have a friend who has a youth group of 90 students in a church of 300 people, but can seem to get students to make any sort of lasting connection in the Church.
So my question is simply this:
Is it irresponsible or unwise to pour into a youth ministry in a Church whose Sunday gather is targeted at the age 50+ demographic?
Would knowing this be a deal breaker for you if you were applying for a position?