i received this really great facebook message from a youth worker named kelly:
I have been in full time youth ministry for a little more than 10 years now. I picked up your book at YS in Sacramento and as I was reading it was jaw to the floor… stunned. I have been struggling with keeping the plates spinning and yet all the while knowing that what we are doing isn’t really working like we think it is. I have never read a book before that had so clearly articulated thoughts I held before reading it. In fact, after I read it, I passed it along to one of my leaders and without any prompting, simply asked her to read it. When she was done with it, she said, are you sure you didn’t write this book?
I guess I am writing to say that I believe a reformation is coming, or possibly at hand. It’s much larger than youth ministry, it will change the face of how we do church. I think it will start with youth ministry because we are less apprehensive about trying new things.
After returning home from YS, I couldn’t just keep spinning plates. I was doing YM 2.0 fairly well, by flawed traditional standards. But I was also losing kids by the average 70-80% after graduation as well. Something had to change. For the last several weeks, all we have done is simply worship and then talk. I am having this conversation with the youth because I think the answer is implanted by God in the mind of a 10th grader (give or take a grade or two). I don’t know where it is going, but I know I can’t go back to 2.0. This may cost me all the capital I have earned here, but it’s worth the risk.
I just wanted you to know that I appreciate your honesty and hope to stay connected as we venture into virtually unknown territories for God.