Before doing some blog postings and Facebook surfing, I cranked up some easy listening jazz and read (all in one sitting) Mark Oestreicher’s new book A Beautiful Mess: What’s Right with Youth Ministry.
A blogger that I regularly read, Marko has often outlined how we might up our game regarding youth ministry, BUT, he suggests that “often embedded in much of the conversation about how to “fix” youth ministry (I’m calling myself out here) is the unspoken idea that I am capable and that you are capable of transforming the lives of teenagers. The thinking is: If teenagers don’t embrace a robust faith, and it was because I wasn’t doing youth ministry right, then if I change things up, I can cause them to be more Christian. AND yet, there is another BUT… What’s right is that our efforts is making a difference!
It’s a quickee read, even if you’re a little toasty. And I needed the good news and the good perspective. Check it out!