I had a crazy week meeting with my YMCP cohort. For some reason I just couldn’t get focused. I was distracted and distracting. Often, I would get an idea and be so amped in my head that I couldn’t settle down enough to articulate it to the rest of the group. Knowing this only made it worse. I was beginning to become a bit paranoid about myself and my appearance. Then something cool happened.
Now friend and guerilla thinker, Jeff Goins, was talking to me about writing. Why do I think he is a guerilla thinker? He challenged me a lot this weekend probably without ever even knowing it. He is a soldier Drill Sergeant in the war on Christian mediocrity.
Hanging with Jeff, I started thinking about why I began writing in the first place. It wasn’t that I wanted to be famous for writing (if that’s my objective, I really need to rethink what I am doing). It all started with a curiosity about youth ministry. I wondered what youth ministry would be like if I got rid of some of the stereotypes. You know those right? Youth ministry should be fun, game oriented, attractional. It should make young adults do things like pray more, read their Bible more, attend church more, do less risky behavior, not drink or have sex. These are all good things, don’t get me wrong, but starting from that presupposition had limited my view of youth ministry and what it could do in the lives of teens. Worse, it limited what God could do through me.
So I started asking lots of questions of myself and others. I started trying new things that would counteract some of those old ways. Well, it wasn’t long before God started using this newfound freedom in me. It was more about who I was created to be, and curiosity was the vehicle for showing me that.
Here are two videos about how wonder and curiosity should shape our vision of the future of youth ministry.