I am in a struggle. And I feel compelled to share it with you.
I recently have been feeling drawn back to youth ministry in a local church. But that is as far as I get. Because as soon as I have that thought, I get this image of me being in a job interview, with a pastor asking me what my ministry will look like.
BUT I DON’T KNOW!
Okay, so parenthetically, I would like to clarify that I am not struggling with my calling… I am struggling with the vision of my calling. I love teenagers and I can’t imagine doing anything else… but its what would the job look like. Get that?
So back to my question… what would my ministry look like? I don’t know. Really, I don’t.
I did the whole Bible study, small group, Sunday morning routine. It was effective at what it was meant to do. But as I have grown and changed soooo much from my time in a local church, I am struggling with figuring out how to reconcile my new passions with what the traditional vision of suburban youth ministry has looked like.
I am passionate about leading hurting people towards the Healing Christ.
And yes, I am speaking about a shift in the paradigm of youth ministry.
Consider this part of my “job interview” but I just don’t give a crap about retreats, concerts, pizza and games. And I won’t pretend to anymore.
Okay, smart alec Andy, so what does it look like?
I DON’T KNOW!
But I do know that I refuse to waste the money of faithful offering-givers just spinning my wheels doing the same old things that has turned the stereotypical local church completely obsolete. (I am aware that is a huge generalization… apologies to those who make a difference)
So. Please. Help. Me.
Many of you will say, “Andy you are incredible with teenagers and you were born to be in youth ministry. You just have to work with teenagers.”
I say, “Great. I agree. But what should effective ministry look like in the form of a local church youth ministry?”
Anyone? Concrete ideas? What can I tell my future interviewing pastor?