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?