Brian Kirk is associate pastor at Union Avenue Christian, a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregation in inner city St. Louis, and also serves on the adjunct faculty at Eden Theological Seminary. Brian has been involved in youth ministry and teaching for over 20 years.
Brian writes at rethinkingyouthministry.com
Brian from rethinkingyouthministry.com what is one thing (only one thing) you want to tell the youth pastor population?
I would remind youth pastors and youth workers to consider what a short, short amount of time we have to share the good news of the gospel with teens. They move through our ministries in just a few quick years and there is so much we can share with them about the mission of the church…but only if we give ourselves permission not to waste so much time trying to keep youth entertained with games and trips to amusement parks and other distractions. Focus on what’s important — the radical way of Christ — and leave the entertaining of youth to others.