I just read an article by Kenda Creasy Dean titled “Getting Out of God’s Way: Freeing Our Inner Theologian.” It’s a long article, but if your involved in trying to help people be more like Jesus, you should check it out. Dean writes specifically from a youth ministry standpoint and she challenges me to look at whether or not I plan events with the cross of Christ in mind or not. I have the tendency to want to succeed in ministry in a way that is tangible, like having more students or being able to say we had a certain number of visitors during the semester. And so I plan events accordingly, to get students in the door and make them think church/youth group is fun and cool. A quote from the article:
Or in other words, I need to make sure I am approaching ministry with the idea that I need to show kids Christ however they will let me. They need the truth. And I need to stop worrying about whether or not I can plan an event that will get that 8th grade girl that visited last month to come back.
p.s.- I am sure a thanks to Dan is in order for pointing me to that article, but I can’t really remember. Ummm, so, thanks Dan for maybe pointing out that article, and if not for that one, then for all the other ones you’ve pointed out that I haven’t blogged about.