I took a good chunk of the morning yesterday to talk candidly with my students about what I value in ministry. I started by reading Acts 2:42-47 and began to unpack what ministry is all about…at least in my eyes. I told the students that I value five big things:
- The Bible
- Small Groups
It took a few minutes to explain why this is important to me and a few more minutes to explain how I don’t think these are valued in our youth group. This wasn’t a tongue lashing; it was a plea. I want this so bad for my kids. I came to make disciples, fully devoted followers of Christ. And I challenged them to stop being kind-of-devoted-attenders-of-church. So, after unpacking what I expected, what I valued, I opened it up and asked them two open-ended questions: 1) what do you expect from our youth group? 2) what does a perfect youth group look like in your mind?