Saturday, September 11, 2010

Perspectives From the Field: Never Too Young to Serve

I often wonder about the age at which our Youth can start serving. When I mention serving , I am not talking about serving communion or preaching in front of the entire congregation. I am talking about serving the Light of Jesus to whom they come in contact with.

Think about this for a second. Our Young people can sit on their laptop and talk to someone on Facebook, while at the same time be on their cell phone talking to their friends and listening to a conversation their parent is yelling at them from across the room. We call this Multi-tasking.

So I would like to ask:
1. How do we get our youth to Multi-task for the Lord?
2. How can we guide our Youth to put that same energy into their Christian Life?
3. How do we strengthen that Bond between them and God?

My answers to these questions: Continue to have events that are full of joy and words of encouragement. Bring the Youth together in groups who are looking for and asking the same questions about their Faith. Hold trainings that will give them the information they need to change their thoughts and their way of thinking.

I want our youth to embrace the fact that God wants so much for them and from them. He is waiting for them to embrace his Grace and Love. But too many of our Youth are trapped in the evils of this World. They are out of the line of sight from the Light of our Lord. Too many times we as adults are blocking that Light.

Give our Youth the chance to grow and realize we serve a mighty and forgiving Lord who loves us so much he gave the life of his only Son. We have to bring this information in a package that will reach our youth. It could be packaged in retreats, Mission trips or anything that will ignite some feeling towards CHANGE. You’ve heard me say this many times. The old Blackboard approach has died. You have some schools putting their lessons in text format and sending them through cell phones. They know information is power and they are willing to change it up to reach those who need it the most. Our kids are never too young to serve. But we must be there to ensure they have the needed tools to spread the Good News of our Lord.

by Earl Williams
Youth Director and Safe & Sacred Space Trainer
Grace United Methodist Church, Emporia, KS
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

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