What's the difference? You may ask. Ministry "to. Ministry "for". Or ministry "with" young people? It doesn't matter much which way you say it, right?
I would argue which word you use when you describe your work, love and life with young people as you seek God matters.
To young people it matters a great deal. For they are intregal partners on the journey. They give way to who you are becoming just as powerfully as you give way to who they are becoming. You both need each other.
Recently Mary Nelson wrote a book called, "Empowerment Book". This read addresses how to work with and among communites which do not have all of the resources they need to rightly bring about justice. Some of you connected to youTheology are serving in these sorts of communities and congregations. This book is for you.
Some of the amazing youTheologians who just returned from their trip feel called to serve with folks in under-resourced communities. You are filled with God's heart for justice and the city. This book is for you.
Check it out: http://www.ccda.org/empowerment-book
While you're at this site, take a moment to read about Christian Community Development Association and all the good work they do.
Loving God, Loving Neighbor