(I wrote this a few years ago - enjoy -Gman)
'Twas the Nite Before Youth Ministry,
When all through the church
Not a church was stirring, not even a pastor.
The budget minutes were done for the year with care.
In hopes that funds for the ministry next year would be there.
The church-goers had gone. All full of themselves.
With visions of only thinking of Thyself.
The Leadership wanted the last say on everything.
And the Senior Pastor had to be right on every theological thing.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter.
Several of us had sprung out of the church to see what was the matter.
As we entered the church parking lot What did we see?
But Angry parents and students wanting youth ministry for FREE!
More rapid than insults, the crowd made demands.
They had expectations of what they thought youth ministry looked like and added their demands.
They started to name the youth orgainzations by name:
Now "Youth For Christ, Young Life, FCA, and such, Campus Life, CEF, First Priority too let's put all these youth pastors to shame"
"You need to be like Bo Boshers, Doug Fields or some other mega church name ...maybe its 180 and putting all others to shame."
"To the top of the denomination, to the top of the glee of the crowd, we'd rather have glorified babysitting and we want it now."
So as the demands of the parents, full of themselves ....
Several others had cried as the silly demands had abound.
Youth Ministry is not a thing dressed up and made good.
It sometimes speaks of sex, drinking and peer pressure as one should.
It isn't about looking cool.
Or even having a Dodge Viper or Hummer or 2.
Youth Ministry is sometimes about stuff you don't have a clue.
It's about Jesus, church, loving God and others too.
And not another marketing tool.
All of the gimmicks make me want to laugh.
"Teach like Jesus" or get this item for half price and have your church grow without having the Spirit in it at all!
O the marketing - be the next Mega Thing rather than
Be Who God created you to be and not something else.
When will we learn?
When will we turn from this youth ministry as glorified babysitting thing?
Then I knew I had nothing to dread.
Jesus loved me, instead of these angry parents instead.
Jesus spoke such kindness and did such a good work.
He gave of Himself, and never was a jerk.
He was born as God's Son.
Loved, died, rose, and is Coming Again!
As I think of Jesus, Youth Ministry and all ....
Its about being the church
And not this programming call.
So the next time someone gives you a complain.
Turn to them and proudly proclaim:
"I serve my Christ offering Him to all;
Love God and others is my Call."
Thus Youth Ministry is a calling and not sort of thing.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
Parody by Gerrard R. Fess.
Copyright 2004. Permission granted to share everywhere just note the author
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