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I have a theory.
It’s about youth leaders.
Heart - Youth - Leader - Salt - Ember
I believe that down deep inside the heart of every youth leader worth his/her salt, there is a gospel ember burning. For some it’s just a smolder. For others it’s white hot. For most it’s somewhere in between.
But it’s there, waiting to be found, fanned and fueled … until it’s burning out of control and consuming everything and everyone in sight.
Mounds - Books - Calendars - Programs
Sure, for many it’s hard to spot because it’s quietly sizzling under mounds of books and calendars and programs. You may have to look closely … but it is there.
God has blessed me with the privilege of speaking to youth leaders all across the nation and I have met only a small minority who didn’t get into youth ministry with the goal of seeing kids come to Christ and grow in their relationship with Him.
Sometimes they just need to be gently reminded.
I saw this in action a few months ago when I was invited into a youth ministry classroom of sorts, filled with both youth leaders deepening their education and young seminarians. The professor was seeking to set up a dichotomy between my philosophy of youth ministry and his. He had a distinct and well-honed view, which he articulated very effectively. He...
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