Youth ministry is not an island.
Youth ministry does not happen on it’s own.
Yet, in my first couple years as a youth pastor I led as if it was.
The truth is we are connected and are a part of something bigger, the local church.
If students love youth night and won’t attend on Sundays, something isn’t working.
The churches that house our youth ministries are places full of people who believe in what the youth team is doing.
People in your church give money to pay your salary or stipend.
It’s not young verses old. Religious verses new converts. Entrenched ideals verses fresh ones.
We are part of one body.
The older people in our churches need the students’ energy and excitement.
Likewise our young people need their wisdom and life experience.
The church was God’s idea; we’re a beautiful collection of misfits.
“For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of… The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part.” (1 Corinthians 12.20,25 MSG)
We belong together.
We are better together.