Don’t Play Defense in Youth Ministry by Greg Stier
We play a lot of defense in youth ministry. We fight against tough opponents like teen suicide, marijuana and opioid addiction, cyber-bullying, sexting and on and on and on the list goes. Teenagers today are up against a long list of enemies and we want to help them win.
So we play defense.
We tackle issue by issue one teenager at at time. We run from counseling meetings to curriculum series to more counseling meetings to try to keep our teenagers from what is out to destroy them.
But it is almost impossible to win the battle for the hearts, minds and souls of the next generation by just playing defense. There are too many vices and too many devices. There are too many teenagers and too many issues and not enough time or resources.
There has got to be a better way…and there is!
It’s time to play offense. It’s time to do what Jesus did.
In Matthew 11:12 Jesus said, “From the time of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of God has been forcefully advancing and forceful men lay hold of it.” Jesus is saying that the kingdom of God is designed to forcefully advance. Jesus is reminding his disciples that he came to play offense, not defense against the kingdom of darkness.
And Jesus is recruiting others to build his offense. He is looking for others to help him forcefully advance (not defend) God’s kingdom.
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Source: Christian Post