It happened again last weekend: I watched volunteer leaders run youth groups and I remembered that this is what we’re supposed to be doing, inviting and supporting the leadership of congregants, not doing it all ourselves.
It’s so easy to overlook the insight, the experience, the faith and the no-joke skills for ministry with youth that live in our congregations. I see commitment, sure; why else would people show up Sunday after Sunday or give up their entire weekend, much less a week or more to go on a mission trip? All these other gifts are there too, though, waiting to be called upon.
Youth ministry is grownup ministry too.