When You’re Hot You’re Hot!
Striving for excellence in youth work
By Mike Shaughnessy
Youth culture is hot. It is very attractive, highly seductive, extremely compelling and often – false. Much of Christianity is lukewarm. It is unenthusiastic, bland, boring, but true. Which is winning the battle for youth?
I decided I wanted to do youth work when I was seventeen. I was part of a youth group led by excellent staff. I wanted to be like them. I was attracted to their commitment to excellence.
The call to excellence in working with youth exists for three good reasons: for our sake, for their sake and for God's sake.
FOR OUR SAKE
FOR THEIR SAKE
In Matthew 25:14-21 Jesus gives us a goal: use your talents so that when you enter judgment you will hear: "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your master." What makes your heavenly master rejoice – the excellent use of your talents.
The challenge of passing on the faith to the next generation has never been more difficult, nor more important.
We, as parents or youth workers, are in critical roles particularly in this age of the church. Dedication to excellence is a necessary starting point for us.
[Mike Shaughnessy is an elder
in The Servants of the Word
and the Director of Kairos in North
America. Kairos is an international federation of outreaches to high
school, university and post university aged people.]
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