Ministry leaders think if they just get their event or program “promoted from the stage” people will flood into it. Church communications people are peppered with requests all the time for people wanting to get “their deal” in the announcements.
There’s a whole lot of talk about disciple-making and multiplication in church circles these days (a very good thing!) Jesus told his followers to “Go and make disciples….” in Matthew 28:19 and a big part of making disciples is teaching them to make disciples.
I realize that many of us who write blogs and books are older and don’t remember how bad it can be when you’re in your twenties and a few parents have made it their job to make you miserable. So we gloss over this issue and pretend like it doesn’t happen. I don’t want to do that. It’s a real issue and I know it can hurt.
Sometime in the last week or so, youth workers across the country have processed through one of the bigger events on their ministry calendars. Senior graduation. For some of you, it's happening this week. Graduation is a whirlwind time that can hold a variety of different emotions all at once.
I spent a whole summer working on small group curriculum for our middle school small groups. I invested hours of research and writing, trying to build the perfect set of questions and reflections that would enable teens to go deeper in their relationship with Christ. In the end this curriculum was never used. Why? It was too complicated.