recently i was chatting with an older national youth ministry leader, and we were reflecting on a youth worker “maturity marker” we have both noticed pertaining we have both noticed, linked to the youth worker’s attitude when the ministry they leave suffers and/or falls apart.
the immature youth worker responds (at least inwardly) with: “success! clearly, they needed me!”
the mature youth worker responds with: “failure! clearly, i made it too much about me!”
(the inverse of both of these statements could be made about a ministry that flourishes when the youth worker moves on, by the way. the immature youth worker is secretly sad about ministry vibrancy after their departure; and the mature youth worker sees this as a major win.)
which are you? how are you positioning your ministry in relationship to yourself?