Even as I begin to write, I’m wondering about the title of this blog and the ensuing firestorm it might create; nonetheless, I am compelled to raise the difficult question. When considering the conditions of the world, I wonder if the Church needs to admit some responsibility for the apathy of this generation.
As we watch the world unravel like Scripture predicts, it’s so easy to point fingers and find fault with others. While hateful regimes recruit young people to their causes of chaos and destruction, how should the Body of Christ react to the apparent appeal that draws the allegiance of a few misguided souls?
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Many issues we face in youth work can be highly discouraging. Commitment—or the lack thereof—might top the list. This was the case as mentioned by a frustrated youth worker on Facebook recently. He was justifiably upset and disappointed that the adult musicians he recruited to lead worship for their youth ministry ditched their duties. They called him last minute to say they wouldn’t be showing up for rehearsal. He closed his post with this question, “Why can’t we get commitment?”
On the surface, we could classify this common scenario as a “crisis of commitment” in the overall culture. There’s certainly an argument for that diagnosis in the Church today as well. In my 22 years of ministry, I have experienced my fair share of irresponsible people (even been one myself from time-to-time), but I’ve also learned some leadership principles that increase responsibility and cultivate a culture of commitment.
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It might be their very first day ever. They may be returning for their last year. Or it could be one of the many ages in between. Regardless of the grade level of our students we must raise our level of involvement for their education, even as we raise our voice to heaven on their behalf.
Cindy and I have two sons; one in college and one in high school, so we understand the emotions parents face when their kids head back to school. That’s why we invite you to join us in this simple prayer challenge today and all year long, as you intercede for your children, for the schools of your community, and for all those special people who serve in all aspects of education.
If you take a moment to pray these words today, please also take another minute to share this post and then print this picture. Put it in a place you’ll see all year long, as we commit to seeking God’s presence and power being made known in our schools.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. —Joshua 1:9
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