I don’t know if I have talked about this or not so I will start at the beginning. We have started a youth worker Bible study for our Sunday school teachers and our Wednesday night leaders. (I have this weird memory of linking to the book we are using, but I can’t find the entry right now so…) We are using a book from the injoy called the Catalyst Group Zine (or something like that). It is basically a collection of articles about leadership. (now I swear I have written this before). We started in the middle and are sort of dancing our way through it. This picture is of our table before we met. You can see Meredith’s book there on the close corner. You will also see in the large version (click on the picture) a Rubik’s cube and some really cool Magnetix toys.
I have started bringing play things to Bible study with adults (and to my youth creative art planning meeting) because I heard Matt Tullos say that it is good to keep your left brain occupied so that your right brain can cut loose and be creative. Well at least that I what I want to say is the reason. I think it is really because I love pictures of sitcom writers sitting around with cool toys to play with.
I am really loving this adult time. As a youth pastor I often find myself spending all of my time with teenagers and this is a really cool time for me to lead adults and have some real interaction and Bible study.
Tonight we were talking about community and I had an idea that I can’t get out of my head. How can we expect our student ministry to be an authentic community when the leaders of that meeting don’t model community? How can I lead students when I only have a working relationship with the people who are leading them? How can students find community if their church at large doesn’t model authentic community?
I asked those "rhetorical" questions earlier tonight and one of my leaders who is so honest it scares me sometimes says, "They can’t." And that is the truth. Students will never find community until our leadership is a community.