It is time to stop talking about how to "lure" young folks back into our churches, but how to disciple each one we have.
I thought about this for a minute, and then I also thought how amazing it is that we can share so much wisdom in 140 characters or less! However the message is conveyed, it is VERY true what he is speaking of.
I have a lot of friends in youth ministry. When I talk to other youth pastors, the questions normally run, "how is your church? How big is your group? Got anything big coming up? Let's share that big event so that I can look awesome as you and make you do all the work and just slap my name on it at the end." OK, the last one was a stretch, but so often we are focused on reaching the outside, we miss the people on the inside.
My pastor described ministry to me, as a carnival. If we do nothing but big events, the next one is ALWAYS going to have to outdo the next one. We tend to miss all the people that enjoy it because we are focused on how to make things run smoothly.
When we look at Jesus, and His three years of ministry on this earth, he developed from the inside out. 12 men were chosen and through those 12 men, THOUSANDS came to know Christ. What about us youth ministers? Well, we are focused on our youth's friends to come, because THEN we can have bigger numbers. We figure, our youth are already dedicated, so lets focus on their friends so they come and my numbers get more.
Friends, I am JUST AS GUILTY as the next youth minister to do this. It happens, but we must disciple from the inward out approach. I mean, if it worked for Jesus, surely if we follow Him, it will work for us too.
What are some unique ways you disciple the people that are "regulars"? Comment below and share some ideas, questions, or praises/prayer concerns so that we can be uplifting to one another.