here’s a weird little collection of things i’ve thought about posting, but haven’t gotten around to…
a new friend of mine, jeff goins, who i met through my work with adventures in missions, has written a fantastic manifesto published on the provocative website, change this. my understanding is that the first week jeff posted this, it was in the #1 spot. in typical “change this” format, it’s a dense deck of slides with right-to-the-point text.
Something is missing. Something important. Something necessary to making a difference in the world. And most are afraid to find out what it is.
This is a manifesto about the discovery process of finding what’s missing. It’s not as glamorous as a get-rich-quick scheme or as mystical as New Age spirituality. It doesn’t shine with the veneer of a car salesman’s suit or catch your eye like a pretty girl.
No, it more likely grabs your attention like a week-old bag of garbage sitting in the corner or piques your interest like nails on a chalkboard. Yes, it’s hard, but it can’t be denied.
jeff goins, on his “wrecked for the ordinary” blog, regularly conducts an “8 questions with…” interview with an author. jeff sent me a list of 8 questions about youth ministry 3.0, and posted the results yesterday on his blog.
here’s one of the 8 questions (with my response). but click through for the rest of the interview.
——– 7) As a youth leader, what’s something that you just wouldn’t risk getting fired over (i.e. a nonessential)?
Hmmm. This is a very interesting question. I think I would risk getting fired over anything that I passionately believe – whether that’s about approaches and values, or about theological issues. So, I wouldn’t stand my ground on things like particular events or programming bits, but I would totally risk getting fired over a massive collection of things like: the roles of volunteers, the emphases and values of the ministry, our desire to help students meet the radical, life-altering, revolutionary Jesus (in other words, I have no interest in perpetuating the desire to create nice, compliant, church attending kids), the inclusivity of love, the call to justice, and a whole bunch of other things!
how ’bout you guys? what would you risk getting fired over (from a ministry position)?