August A.D. 2018

“Mandatory” Youth Culture Seminar and Luncheon

You’ll rarely ever hear me use the word “mandatory.” And of course there’s no ethical way that I can actually require anyone to attend, and I don’t like to pressure people. The only reason I thought I’d use the word “mandatory” is just to communicate how important I believe this seminar is for our church.

Ever since I began interviewing with the call committee and ever since I started here as a pastor, it has been consistently communicated to me that this church has an interest in reaching out and pouring into youth and young families in new ways. It’s time for us to begin thinking more seriously about that mission because it’s definitely an endeavor that takes a whole village… it takes a whole church. We all need to be on board if we’re going to build a sustainable and thriving youth and family ministry.

In my years of working with youth and their families so far, one thing that I’ve seen consistently is that most adults aren’t up to speed with how different, big, and complex youth culture has become. It’s another world. Youth ministry is a cross-cultural ministry. Those who work in the field of youth ministry are like overseas missionaries, entering a different world, with a different language than what they know best. In order to support youth and young families well as a church, we need to first be aware of what it’s going to take.

That’s what this seminar luncheon is about: to be united as a church in understanding some of the challenges facing us if want to move forward in this calling. To discern what kind of passion and energy we have for pursuing this mission.

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I believe that youth are an essential part of the church. From the very beginning of the Jesus movement, His own disciples tried to keep kids out of it. But Jesus rebuked them and said, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it” (Mark 10:13-15). Youth bring so much life to a community. They teach us so much. They help us remember some of the important things of life. They are well worth our time, energy, and resources.

So if we want to serve some youth and young families in our midst, it’s time to begin the conversation of how we can best do that. Please come to the Youth Culture Seminar and Luncheon on August 25th, 10am-Noon. It’s mandatory. ;)

See You There,
Pastor Jason