There are two takes on this question for me… and they both come from the Aaron Sorkin tv series The West Wing. The president, Jeb Bartlett, would end each meeting with the question, “What’s Next?” The agenda was never ending, and that always spoke to youth ministry sensibilities in me. But this video offers another take on the question that we might avoid sometimes – maybe out of fear.
We are supposed to be explorers.
So, when a leading voice like Mark Oestricher suggests that the era of paid, professional youth workers is going to wane, and that we need to be intentional about creating models for mid-sized churches who will no longer be able to rely on a hired gun, how are we going about responding to that 1,000 pound “what’s next” question?
Mark explains his own rationale behind such theorizing, so hit the link. Kurt Johnson of Group magazine has his own take along the same track. But, think about the question, what’s next? What are the implications for conferences, youth ministry training, supervision, “binder” resources and curriculum, diocesan offices. You saw some of our best guesses last week with the Bosco Day, but what else is next? Why ask? Because the last thing that the Go-Nowhere Generation needs is sedentary risk-averse leadership and mentors.
Why ask “What’s Next?” Because we came out of the cave, and looked over the hill, and we saw fire, and we crossed the ocean, and we pioneered the West, and took to the sky. You know, the usual reasons.