I wrote this only yesterday.  After some deliberation, conversation with my wife, Rachel, who is also in youth ministry, I have determined I need to apologize.

I don’t get to decide who does and who doesn’t get to claim burnout.  I also have not attained such a vantage point that I get to look upon all others and decide who plays the system appropriately and who doesn’t.

With regard to youth ministry, several of your comments proved much more to the point than my rant.  What is important is that we raise the level of commitment to youth ministry churches are willing to make.  Youth Ministry as Childcare, Youth Ministry as entertaining the young people at church so the rest of us don’t have to deal with them wil do nothing to help the church attain it’s grand and glorious new day that so many seem now to be looking for.

Our Annual Conference begins is just a few days.  This is a good time to stir up awareness of how important real youth  ministry is, and a time to develop conversations about making disciples of all ages.

4 thoughts on “Recantation

  1. I agree 100% with doing whatever it takes to place today’s youth on the right path to be the next leaders of their homes, their churches their communities, the world. Our fates will ultimately lie in their hands as we grow older. What we teach them will be what we reap in the end. We should allow them, not only to attend all functions of the church, but to assist in those functions.

  2. Steve,

    I liked your post and it’s stirring in me something I’m going to be writing about next week, ten reasons why every pastor should start out in youth ministry.

    Keep writing fool. See you next week.


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