Monday, January 28, 2008

Youth Ministry and the Church System

Tim Schmoyer is doing a much-needed series called Navigating the Church System. Tim suggests that rarely are youth workers fired for wrong doctrine or apathy towards students (though this might be the reason they are given). He offers that "it's usually because of personal conflicts and ministry values that aren't aligned with the church or Sr. Pastor." Tim's series is about navigating the pitfalls that can happen in youth ministry (and church ministry in general) when one does not understand the complexities of the church as a system.

In the past year or two, I have heard many stories of friends who were chewed up and spit out by the church they served at, resulting in confusion and heartache. Solid people in ministry end up burned by the church, and the church suffers for it. It's difficult to know what to say or how to help, and it pains me to see the Bride of Christ sometimes acting so un-bridely. Selfishly, I hope to gain insight from Tim's series so that I can do my best to avoid this all-too-common outcome.

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