What Could I Possibly Do?

The following is an excerpt from the book YOUTH MINISTRY THAT WORKS, by Duffy Robbins.

“In the parable of the Three Servants, Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus spoke of no servant who had no talent.  Nor did He in any sense belittle the fact that the one servant had only one talent while the other servants were better endowed.  The issue was never how much talent the servants had; the issue was one of wisely investing whatever talents one has.

I believe there are very few people who simply are unable to do youth ministry.  The tasks of youth work are diverse enough, and the kinds of students are so widely varied, I am convinced that most people can be effective with students if they are plugged into the right role with the right amount of support.  For one thing, youth ministry allows us to use lots of wonderful talents that aren’t recognized elsewhere:  the ability to hang out and get close to students, the ability to tell stories, the ability to put biblical words to old sixties rock tunes, the ability to shoot Cheerios out of your nose!  In youth ministry, there’s a place for almost every talent!”

“The diligent servant will accept the fact that God has uniquely and adequately gifted each of us for the ministry to which He has called us (1 Thessalonians 5:14; 24).  Our response is faithful obedience and investment.”

It doesn’t matter (my opinions) what you look like, how cool you are or aren’t, what you wear, or how old you are.  You’ve got something to give and no one needs what you got more than our youth!

About Gene Reineman

Gene has been on staff @ CFCOG since 2006. He & his wife, Joey, have two children, Josette & Gabriel. Gene enjoys watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Phillies, & UNC Basketball. He also enjoys running, swimming, & playing golf. Gene’s approach to ministry, is in part, drawn from 1 Thessalonians 2:8, “We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.” – NLT

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