Mark Oestricher, of the Youth Cartel, has been pushing the envelope regarding the future direction of youth ministry. Yet, he recently caught himself in a moment, where he went right down to the basic. He wrote:
let me be clear about the three things that are necessary for great youth ministry:
1. you like teenagers.
2. you are a growing follower of Jesus.
3. you are willing to live honestly in the presence of those teenagers you like.
I recently taught an Equip class and, despite some good information and statistics, I wish I had broken it down that clearly. As we hit the buses for NCYC this week, what a simple and lovely reminder regarding why we do what we do.