Teenage Workers

This sort of follows in with our previous post. In our church that is desperate for workers we have a youth work force that is desperate to find something to do. For every need that comes up–from childcare to decorating, to cleaning, to setting up room–there are students willing to step up and help.

Sometime I feel like I am taking advantage of their willingness, but many times they are all that are willing to do things. So here is the question. How much is too much to put on students?

Here are some of the dangers that I see:

  • Many of these students are very new Christians. There is a danger of giving them too much before they truly understand God.
  • I worry about burn out and putting more stress onto students who are already taxed for time
  • When students go and work with the children instead of being a part of Sunday church they are missing out on the intergenerational fellowship that I think is so important
  • And finally this one has less to do with the students than with the church. THERE SHOULD BE ADULTS WILLING TO STEP UP AND HELP!

What do you think? 

2 thoughts on “Teenage Workers

  • May 3, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Our senior pastor has a philosophy that I’m kinda getting on board with. Basically he believes that people will rarely do something if they know someone else will do it. In other words, if you leave something undone long enough, people will see the need for it and step up. There are several ministries that could be done by him or me, but we’ve agreed to intentionally leave them undone. If we do everything, then eventually the congregation will expect us to do everything. and they’ll do . . . nothing. That’s not what being a leader is about. It’s about empowering them to do ministry too. Just a thought.

  • May 4, 2008 at 3:23 AM

    I think that is sort of where I come from when I have such hesitancy to use youth as often. But at the same time when you are dealing with childcare it is such a delicate matter to just let it go. But I hear where you are coming from.


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