James Baldwin and Beauford Delaney

James Baldwin says of Beauford Delaney, an artist who befriended Baldwin as a youth, “he expected me to accept and respect the value [he] placed upon me.”

Can youth ministry mainly be about this? Cannot all Christian ministry have as a central pastoral task the placing of immeasurable value upon peaople while also cultivating the expectation in themselves that they can accept it, that they are worthy of it, and that they must share it?