Last week, a great conversation was started when YM360 posted a great article about When is a Youth Pastor too old to be effective in Youth Ministry. That post spurned a lot of follow up blogs, and the last week, you may not have noticed something we saw.
Amidst all of the amazing Posts coming out about the topic of Age and Youth Ministry, we a bit of a division arise between the Older Youth Pastors and Younger Youth Pastors. Especially reading the comments of many of these articles, it seemed as though the last week many took the opportunity to voice their concerns about lack of respect, whether it was the Older Youth Pastors feeling like the Younger ones are pushing them out of their passions for fears of being unhip and uncool, or the Younger ones feeling like they were being lumped in with the rotten apples of the younger generation who are trying to make space for themselves as Leaders at the detriment to those who came before.
We have an amazing team of contributors that include both ‘sects’ if you will, and we’ve been discussing the letters we are posting for the last few days.
As we discussed the issues, the common belief we hold is that there are flaws in many Young Youth Pastors as well as many Older Youth Pastors, but that there are also great things to be learned from both Young and Older leaders. Too many ignore great voices in Youth Ministry based on their age and relevancy, and this is a tragic thing that is holding Youth Ministry back.
We tried to keep the letters from being too attacking of either group without backing down from some of the issues we see, and we kept some stuff out simply because we didn’t want it to become further fodder for the few on both sides who do take issue with the other generation.
Don’t just read one letter, read both. If you only read one, it won’t help make any progress. And these letters , we feel, are both great. But what is really great is your views of what is being said, so please share your thoughts in the comments.