Kendra Dean has often called the field of youth ministry’s attention to this clip. In my recollection, she uses it to encourage us to encourage youth workers to encourage parents to help generation after generation to think beyond the lid, doing something radical for faith, and enlargen (is that a word?) the world view/ faith view of their young people.
If this is true of family, it must also be true of our church family as well. Where is the lid consciously or unconsciously placed on the next generations within our church?
A few weeks back, I suggested that youth ministers need to become General Managers, looking at the whole system and work the system on behalf of the mission. We can no longer be mere Youth Pastors, but we need to be Pastors of the Church with eyes towards the Church’s responsibilities (not ours) with young people.
Basically, the fleas just ain’t parents and kids, but the church as well.