In the past few months I've been wrestling with a question in my cranial department. I will admit up front this question comes from a place of insecurity and even maybe some bits of pondering of my future. The question is "What is my youth ministry value?".
What do I add to the youth ministry world?
In me there is a sense of "this isn't enough". I have a drive to want to do more, experience more, create more, lead more, teach more, write more, play more, mentor more.....MORE. The common bit in all this I don't want to ever feel "I've done enough". To me that statement means that I am settling, feel accomplished & ok with not pushing for more in my life.
I know there are some students & leaders I've had a direct impact on and I am thankful for that. Thankful that God in his divine leading of life has allowed my life to be a positive interaction for someone else. That I've had an eternal impact on some people is very, very humbling to me. But at the end of the day, I still want more & be a part of more.
Some side questions that I've had pop up in my thinking on this topic of value in the world of youth ministry have been;
Is it to just be a youth pastor to the teenagers I come across?
Is vocational youth ministry coming to a close?
Is the drive to want a larger voice in the youth ministry world ego driven?
Am I content in allowing God to lead this question & not my own drive?
Is this drive for more kingdom focussed or Danny' empire driven?
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