…or at least in their mind :)
Last week I had an interesting conversation that just hurt me to the core. My typical day to day routine consists of talking with youth pastors all over the country. I have heard all kinds of philosophies and stories of how student ministry happens in churches. This conversation started out very typical and positive. The students were active in serving the poor in their area and doing mission trips both domestic and abroad. Awesome stuff!
Then I asked him how they were reaching the lost students in their community and the answer shook me up. ”We leave that to other churches in the area. There are so many churches and most kids can find a place to go. In our suburban area, the students have an attitude of entitlement so we don’t purposefully look for ways to reach them.” Seriously. These were the words I heard. Ouch.
I guess the Great Commission really says, “Just go into the destitute areas and tell those people about me. Leave the privileged and ‘entitled’ to their own devices.” I really believe Jesus cringed as He was listening to this conversation. Many of us in student ministry are trying to figure out what’s wrong or what needs to change in student ministry. I can say its attitudes like this that need to change. For us and our students, the mission field is not only at the soup kitchen or a third world country…it is the person right next to us who looks like they have it all together.
As adults, we have to lead the charge. We cannot have the attitude of “I’ll let someone else take care of that” when it comes to meeting a need that someone has.
Tell me about a crazy conversation you’ve had that you never expected….
Marjorie Poff is a NW girl who now calls Nashville, TN area home. She is Director of Ministry Events for Fuselage and wears many hats in that position but the most important is working with Student Pastors to provide ways to reach students. She regularly blogs at the Musings of a Mad Woman and tweets from @marjoriepoff.
Almost two years ago, Ben felt a calling to start a new website for Youth Pastors, and after talking with his Brother about it for a few months, they launched YouthMin.org. Ben Runs and Manages YouthMin.org like it's a full time job, and loves connecting with Youth Pastors via the Facebook Community, but he is still a Full-Time Youth Pastor at Trinity Evangelical Church in North Reading, MA. He and his wife, Sarah, met while attending Liberty University, and have one Son together, commonly known as BEAR.