For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life ~ John 3:16 (NLT)
The object of God’s affection is obvious: people. “God loved the world = God loved all people. God loves people who ministered or served them through Christ’s death and resurrection.
Every ministry model that does not align with this is missing the point. The purpose of all ministry is God reaching out to, and loving His people. This service, on the foundation of love, must result in those we serve having life. The God kind of life.
While the focus of youth ministry should be loving people so they receive God’s life, it is easy to get sidetracked. The model for ministry God gave us is people-centred.
serve young people not the programs that are supposed to serve them
Anything outside of people-centred ministry without God’s life and love is amiss. As youth workers, we must be careful that our activities are not taking away from the people they are supposed to be serving.
We can easily get entangled in serving programs that should be serving young our young people. It is easy to get so entangled in being cutting edge that you overlook the young people that your innovation ought to be serving.
If you cannot stop whatever plans or programs you had in place to attend to some felt needs of your young people, you are missing the essence of your ministry.
When your programs run in spite of felt and blatant needs of your young people the point of ministry has been missed.
Programs are to serve people not people serving programs. When program starts becoming more important than people you’ve missed the point of ministry. Programs exist for people, not the other way round!
How often do you take time to find the felt needs of the young people in your care?
Make sure that you are not spending most of your time making sure programs run well and not the people the programs ought to be serving