Student ministry is such a strang calling. For those of us in the game, we have given away our lives and often our lively hood to generously love kids into the Kingdom of God! This is a high calling and one that gets less and less glamorous with each and every passing year.
But one of the things that keep us going is our deep love for students. I am not talking about generic "students." I am talking about the deep love we have for the individual kids in our ministries. In fact, it is our love for them that many youth workers put up with low wages, dysfunctional staff teams, and often struggle to move on to greener pastures. This is an awesome thing and you should be commended for this supernatural love and the never-ending grace and mercy you pour out on your kids.
But it is that last statement that often ends up spinning us out. We pour out our entire lives into "our kids." I love this language because it is the language of deep love and commitment. It is a way to frame our ministry and justify our deep affection. While all of this is good, even great, there is a brutal reality that needs to be kept in perspective as we spend this season giving our entire lives to these particular students.
Here it is: THESE KIDS ARE NOT YOUR KIDS.Read More