on a retreat some time ago, our exec was asked to create a utopian vision of the future of our organization. no limits. no “boundaries of reality” — just dream as big as possible (or, as big as impossible), and state a new reality.
here’s what i wrote…
Because of YS, and through the avenue of youth ministry, the church has less divisions
Because of YS, and through the avenue of youth ministry, youth workers of all kinds, and in all corners of the world, are empowered, equipped, resourced and visioned to reinvent the church, and therefore the world, through an attritional approach to the kingdom of God – teenagers become a new breed of Christians, grow up, and lead us to a new day, a new church, a new approach to justice, a new approach to doubt and questions and dialogue and theology and contemplation and the point of being a Christ-follower.
Because of YS, and through the avenue of youth ministry, youth workers, and those they influence, develop meaningful dialogue with others who are different, resulting in:
· New kinds of churches
· New ways of doing youth ministry
· A new era in the kingdom of god
· A marked increase in Christians who prioritize being over doing
· A marked increase in justice and social action, carried out by the church, as teenagers who’ve experienced this impact and calling while in youth groups influenced by YS-influenced youth workers grow into adulthood and have the commitment and confidence to be the church by changing the world
· Teenagers have a leading role in setting the direction for the future of the church, and the church truly listens to their voices.
· The church is once again known as the societal agent for meeting needs and setting right the cultural constructs that have been wrong.
· The church apologizes for 100 years of arrogance and manipulation and selfishness
And… through all of this, YS continues to encourage, train, resource and challenge another generation of youth workers to bring about the next cycle of change or usher in the kingdom of God, the new heaven and the new earth!
whew. i warned you that it was utopian!