A few weeks back, on Ash Wednesday, our mid-week youth ministry stuff changed things up a bit by combining all of the generations stuff into a single worship night.
For some, it was the first time I’d seen them in almost 6 years. But you know what? For everyone, it felt like a couple weeks when we were last together.
Maybe it’s just because we’re now publishing curriculum? Or maybe it’s because after 4-5 years of trying I realized that buying curriculum is better than trying to do everything myself?
But as I’m out, talking to youth workers, I hear a phrase over and over again when I ask about what they are teaching. “We do our own thing.”
“Really? You write your own curriculum? Why?”
I spend a lot of my time thinking about how to make youth ministry bigger.
I don’t just mean bigger youth groups. I mean, “How do we minister to more adolescents?”
18 months ago I posted this infographic.
From a Pew Internet focus group:
Friending teachers and preachers
Female (age 14): “I think I wouldn’t [become Facebook friends with my teachers]. Just because I’m such a different person online. I’m more free. And obviously, I care about certain things, but I’m going to post what I want. I wouldn’t necessarily post anything bad that I wouldn’t want them to see, but it would just be different. And I feel like in the classroom, I’m more professional [at] school. I’m not going to scream across the room oh my God, I want to dance! Or stuff like that. So I feel if they saw my Facebook they would think differently of me. And that would probably be kind of uncomfortable. So I probably would not be friends with them.”
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
I’ve taught on this passage dozens of times. The Pauline epistles make allusion to it a number of times. Reading Paul’s writings you are left with the impression that this illustration was part of the stump speech he delivered everywhere he went.
So Lisa, who lived with us briefly after finishing her undergrad at Grace College– but also essentially lived in our ministry for several years during high school, got engaged last night. That’s a continuation of the parade of weddings we’re in for in 2014 from students in Romeo.
This morning our dear friend Barb posted this on Facebook: