Criticize Us, Please

It’s our fifth Middle School Mission Week, and I’m proud that some of the work sites we take our students to are the same ones we started with in 2011. I’m also proud that the basic structure of the thing still relies upon a team of youth leaders each tackling a piece of the project. I love watching my colleagues just kill it when it comes to leading youth in worship or showing them how to shovel gravel.

But God please help us to keep learning. A youth leader new to the project had some critical things to say about our organization today, and I found myself grateful. You, come to our planning retreat next September and share your experience with us in vivid detail. Then help us build this thing better. Please.

Five years is plenty of time for the thing that started out all loose and flexible and creative to get stuck. Learning from new voices will keep that from happening.

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