People are messy. Life is messy. Church is messy. Ministry is Messy. Youth Ministry is Messy.
So it’s no wonder we get it wrong from time to time. It’s no wonder that there have been flaws in our attempts to use messy people in messy churches to minister to teenagers. So today, I was saddened to see another youth ministry book dedicated to discussing what’s gone wrong in the church’s attempt to reach students. I think I’ve reached my tipping point, my “we suck” threshold, folks. I’m over it. Youth ministry is messy, yes, but I refuse to believe it’s completely messed up. I have tremendous hope that what you and I are dedicating our lives to is actually making a difference. And despite accusations of being overly optimistic, chipper and pollyannic, I don’t see my hopeful attitude as akin to the band continuing to play while the Titanic sunk.
HOPEFUL. That’s my new word to describe my attitude toward, and outlook concerning, youth ministry. Synonyms would include confident, positive, buoyant, expectant, sanguine, bullish, cheerful, lighthearted and optimistic. Yep, when it comes to youth ministry I am ALL of those things. And I hope you are, too!
Read, sharpen your mind, don’t put your head in the sand, and listen to people who may have insights you don’t.
But never lose hope, friends.