I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched this video over the years. Maybe hundreds. It inspires me every time.
In youth ministry, Mike Yaconelli is our Steve Jobs.
As I wrote earlier this week, we live at a time when youth ministry has flat-lined. The way we do youth ministry has failed to increase it’s impact either in the church or in our society. And that flat-lining has created a crossroads.
- Why do I do what I do?
- Why do I invest so much time into these students?
- Am I investing in students the right way?
- Am I making an impact at all?
These are the questions we ask ourselves at the crossroads. It’s natural. It’s good. You’re aren’t wrong for thinking these thoughts.
My hope is that when we get to these crossroads we don’t double down on strategies we know don’t work. My hope is that we don’t quit and suddenly feel called to church planting or selling life insurance. My hope is that we don’t give up on the church for she is the bride of Christ.
Instead, my hope is that we look at the reality we are in, look both ways at the crossroads… and say “Woohoo! Let’s figure out how some new ways to keep loving on God’s kids!”
Stay crazy, my friends.