Today I met with my youth ministry support group….we don’t really have a name but there were 8 of us there today from various denominations both Protestant and Catholic, Full time and Part time, those specifically in youth ministry and those who work with youth and various other areas. I really look forward to these meetings because it gives us all a chance to lift one another up in prayer, ask questions, share doubts, admit frustrations, and offer solutions. Did we solve all the problems in youth ministry today…no not by a long shot. However, it is great to know we are not alone in this but we have partners in the ministry. It is easy to begin looking at each other as “the competition” because we are all trying to reach out to teens in our local area but no good comes from this. As Christians we are all part of the body of Christ. We may differ in styles, disagree on how things should be done, and theology but nevertheless we are called to reach out into our world and make disciples for Christ.
If you don’t make the intentional effort it is easy to put yourself on an island all by yourself in the ministry and that can be a very lonely place. I want to challenge you this next week if you don’t have a ministry group you meet with find one to become a part of…if there isn’t one then start one! If you happen to be in the Toledo, Ohio area, you read my blog, and work with youth and would like to be a part of our group let me know!
Remember we are stronger together!