I have to be honest, when I saw this week’s topic (Do’s and Don’ts) I wasn’t excited. My first thought was how youth ministry doesn’t need another “Do these five things and get this wonderful result” type of article. I understand practical help is needed, but Christianity isn’t supposed to be a religious list of do’s and don’ts; it is about a relationship with God. Jesus fought this battle over and over again with the Pharisees and religious leaders of his day. It’s still something we’re fighting today.
However, after reading through Kurt and Josh’s thoughts, I am humbled and honored to add a few more to their list. They focused on foundational issues of integrity, character, and relationships—all things we can never get enough of in our world. Lately in my journey as a youth worker God has been helping me realize a few things I need to do and don’t do.
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Do pursue community.
I am speaking specifically to the youth ministry community. There’s no reason why you should be doing ministry alone; the options are virtually endless. Big conferences like SYMC, small conferences/retreats, social media groups, blogs, local networks, podcasts/shows… If grass roots is more your style, call a church near you and offer to buy their youth worker a cup of coffee. There are so many options it’s, frankly, overwhelming. I’m not suggesting you partake of everything that is available; that’s not even possible. But find what works for you, contribute to it as best you can, and never navigate the sometimes-tricky ministry road alone again.