How do we make teenagers care? It sounds as if it is asking for a paint-by-the-numbers process for cramming the importance of faith down our students’ throats. Part of me wanted to say that I’m not sure I want to be in the business of making anyone care about anything.
Missional student ministry flows out of a missional church seeking to create missional students. The compartmentalization of student ministry from the life of the church, often functioning as a virtual parachurch ministry using the church facility, must be replaced with an integrated approach involving the whole church ministering to the whole body, with specific application to various groups such as students and senior adults.
Our goal as parents isn’t to be perfect. It’s to be present. When we are there, involved in our kids lives by giving support, wisdom, correction, and even freedom to fail, God will instill in them, from scripture and our example, the ability to make good decisions.
In the legend of King Arthur, the king and his knights sat at a round table. There was no foot and no head. Each person sat at the table as an equal, as one who was called to serve the King and his Kingdom. I pray that Youth Ministry Round Table will be that type experience for you.