Have you ever taken the time to reach out and speak to the youth in your church? If you haven’t, you should. While sometimes taken for granted because they may not be in the spotlight, youth play a vital role in the church. And one day, they will become the church’s leaders.
I have been helping with youth ministry for almost two years, and I have found that I really enjoy it. Here are a few reasons why.
1. It’s Fun – Youth have a certain energy and essence that can turn any situation into something amusing. Even monotonous chores become enjoyable activities when a few young people are involved.
2. It’s Real – Today’s youth, even those who have been raised by loving parents and in the church are exposed to much more than we realize. They have real questions and want real answers. They don’t sugar coat anything, and they challenge leaders not to sugar coat answers.
3. It’s Learning – Young people are smart, and they know much more than many adults I know. I am guilty of going to Sunday School and Worship Service on Sundays and then never picking up my Bible again until the next week. Knowing I am going to teach others forces me to prepare, to study, to learn.
4. It’s Togetherness – There is so much anger and hatred toward others in the world today, especially toward those who are different. That is why I find it refreshing to see how well youth can get along with one another. In our small youth group, no two kids are alike, and even those who come from the same family can be quite different from one another. But somehow they mesh, they appreciate their differences, and they make a cohesive unit. It’s a marvelous example of the body of Christ – different parts, different functions, one body. And that leads me to the final reason I love youth ministry.
5. Jesus – I can see the light of Jesus shining through young people and their desire to put what they learn about Him into practice. They are eager to perform tasks that will show others Christ’s love. They still have some of that “child-like faith,” and they are more ready to act on it than those of us who are “older and wiser.”
The next you time you see teens at church, take a few minutes to stop and talk. You may be surprised at what you’ll learn, how you’ll laugh and how you’ll see Jesus.
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12