Greg Stier: Don’t Waste Your Life Just ‘Doing’ Youth Ministry

You’ve seen the statistics and heard the horror stories.

Many (if not most) teenagers abandon the church after they graduate from high school. The Biblical literacy of Christian teenagers is spiraling downward and the passion for all things worldly skyrocketing upward. Families are more broken. Teenagers are more apathetic. Youth ministry is more difficult.

So don’t waste your life doing youth ministry.

There are far too many youth leaders just “doing” youth ministry anyway. They are just doing the latest games, teaching the latest curriculum and engaging in the latest youth ministry fads.

They float from meeting to meeting, podcast to podcast and conversation to conversation without taking the time to look at the startling and stark picture of the actual impact they are making. In the words of Mark Senter III, they’re so focused on what they’re doing, they’re not taking time to look at what is getting done.

…and they’re wasting their lives as a result.

Instead choose to be a different breed of youth leader who leads your teenagers toward a different brand of youth ministry, a radical “new” paradigm of youth ministry (that’s actually 2,000 years old!)

Your teenagers are waiting for you to stop wasting your life and their time. They’re tired of just playing games, singing songs, going to camp and hearing another lesson on self-image, sex or media choices.

They want to be a part of a God-breathed revolution.

They want to live out a cause that will change their peers and impact their world.

This radical revolution is the very cause of Christ to “seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10) and to “make disciples” who make disciples (Matthew 28:19.)

Depict this mission as an epic battle between the forces of God and the armies of darkness for the souls of their peers (because it is!)

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Greg Stier