Alright, I have an idea for a book, and as soon as I figure out the
answer to this question I am going to write it. I feel like if I could
provide an answer for this one question then I would be doing a huge
service to youth pastors everywhere and I could sell as many books as
Rick Warren. The question is a simple one, and if I could just find the
answer I think I could make millions.
The question is “How do you convince students to make God a priority.”
I have been a youth minister there is nothing that I have noticed more
than this simple truth. God is important as long as there isn’t
something better to do with all of my friends. When there is something
better to do, or some guy to see, or some girl to hang out with then
God had better take a back seat. If I could come up with a magic
formula for teaching students that God should be not just your top
priority, but all of your priorities, and if you would run to Him first
all of the hurts in your life would be filled then I think I could
write a book that would sell million.
Here is tonight’s
rendition of the same old song. We, like a good youth group, have a
party every year on New Year’s Eve. As the party kicks off I begin to
look around the room for my juniors and seniors, for those people who I
hold up as leaders and who I have pulled aside on more than one
occasion and given responsibility.
None of them are there.
a few moments a few of them trickle in and then trickle back out. They
all had things that were more important than being with at the church.
So here I am again with a room full of underclassmen having a good
time, but trying to figure out how I ended up back at square one when
it comes to building up a youth ministry. I mean these are growing
pains we should have already dealt with. Suddenly I have a group of
young youth again, and they are great, but I really need some older
leadership setting the example and reaching out to the younger guys.
But my leaders have better things to do.
here I am again asking the question, “how do you convince students that
God is important and that church is a priority?” Maybe that is the
problem. Maybe I haven’t done a good job showing how important it is
that the leaders are at church, not just on Wednesday nights, but at
the fun stuff too. What they don’t realize is they are preaching to the
younger youth and what they are saying is “This church thing is fun and
all if you don’t drive, but as soon as you get your licence there are
better things to do.” They are also saying, “We don’t really like
hanging out with you guys.”
I guarantee if I asked them that none
of my leaders would think that was true, even though I have told them
that more than once, but their actions are screaming at the rest of us
that we aren’t as important as their friends are.
I am so sick
of this. I am sick and tired of leaders who aren’t there! How can I
entrust them with important roles in our youth ministry when they don’t
even think that what we are doing is important enough to attend!
am just tired of having this same old argument. I am done with people
who are only halfway committed. There is a wold of people who are dying
to know that God loves them. There are hundreds of students in this
town who need to know the truth about Jesus and we are on a mission to
take that truth to them. I don’t need half-hearted people. I need
people who are willing to sell out to God and give him all that they
are. I am looking for students who are serious about changing the
world. It may only be one or two, but I am done trying to convince
people who give God lip service to really live it. I will take the one
or two people who really want God in their lives making a difference
and we will reach out to those who are really hurting in this world.
how do you convince students make God a priority? I don’t know, but I
am committed to finding students who are already making God a priority
and we are going out into the world to reach those who are dying. The
rest of them can join us if they want, but I am tired of asking people
to lead who aren’t willing to follow God.