As I read Kevin M. Watson's chapter entitled, "Small Groups: Bearing One Another's Burdens" the word "purpose" kept coming to my mind. Watson is writing about the relevance for today of early Methodism's system of class meetings. He points to these meetings' emphasis on discipleship and transformation and their role in growth in the life of faith, noting the shift from class meetings to Sunday School where the emphasis is more on information giving. He makes other notable points. They raise the question of why we do what we do and what we are looking for during and at the end of the process. What's the point of it all?
This is an important question for us to revisit at this point in youTheology as we begin another year. Why are we doing what we are doing and what are we looking for? As we begin the 2011-2012 year, it's time for us to refocus and hold our mission before us and before the new crop of youTheologians, mentors, and leaders. How will we, together, develop faithful leaders for a diverse church and world? That's our mission. How will our small groups, presentations, discussion and other times move toward this end? How will faith be deepened and lives transformed through worshiping and serving together, learning about the Methodist tradition, participating together in spiritual disciplines, and seeking to hear God's call? How are the church and the world being transformed through what we do? How will God be glorified? There is a point to it all.
Summer is not yet over, and so this is a good time for those of us who work with youth to revisit our purpose before we go into the new school year of activities? What has God called us to do so that lives are transformed to God's glory? What is the point of it all?
Loving God, Loving Neighbor