Yeah that was for shock value.
So, I’m the big bad ‘executive pastor’ here at LifeChurch; still trying to figure out what that means. But right now we’re working hard on our Youth Ministry.
[sidenote: any of you youth guys – I’d love to know what’s working / what’s not right now for you]
Anywho – our Student Ministries Pastor is doing a series starting next week called “Let’s Talk About Sex Baby!”. Needless to say, he invited all of our High School parents to a Q & A last night, and since last week was Youth Sunday, I decided to dovetail our Junior High into the meeting as well, and invited all parents and anyone who would be interested in investing in the life of a teen to come on Wednesday (last night). I pushed hard & told the story of how a volunteer youth leader really poured his life into mine, and that’s one reason why I’m where I’m at today. I shared this at the close of all four of our worship experiences – then had all our parents called and reminded. Take a wild guess at how many parent showed up?
Yup, out of over 150 students, 7 parents showed up. 7 parents showed interest and concern for the spiritual & sexual lives of their teens. Wow, I was blown away. Studies show that 1 in 4 6th graders are sexually active. STD’s are actually on the rise and many are potentially fatal. Internet Porn is a huge problem for both boys and girls. Sex has been sold as something that it was not created to be. Studies also show that 85% of students who enter college with a strong Christian faith, let go of it by the time they are out.
Here’s what this tells me:
- Parents don’t care enough
- Youth Ministry is a royal waste of time
Ok so I don’t really believe either of those, but you can see how I arrived at both those points.
- Ã‚Â Out of probably 350-400 adults that showed up this weekend, only 7 came to see what’s going on in our Youth Ministry. Now I understand that people are busy, have jobs, sports, what have you, but these are their kids – is a soccer game really more important than the spiritual health of their teens?
I believe that parents do care, I just think that our lifestyle just has us running so hard and fast that it’s hard to slow down and really see what your priorities are.
- Is Youth Ministry really working? How do we define success? Getting teens saved? Keeping them from having sex? Keeping them away from drugs or cutting? Keeping them in a ‘Christian bubble’?
I told our parents and our entire church that our Youth Ministry will fail unless they are involved, committed, and deeply care about the spiritual health of the teens in this church. We’ve got a lot of work to do. What do you think about this?