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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Episode III

Sorry about the episode thing, I an not creative at this time in my life.

I have discovered yet another amazing thing last night with my youth. I even spent all day today reflecting on what happened that I am just now writing about it. It seems that I have two very different types of people in my youth group and when I put them together the group explodes.

The first is the group of kids that are members of the church who come to youth and enjoy everything that I am doing. They are truly growing in their faith and have some good questions to ask. They are developing an idea of what worship is and are very excited about the future of the youth group.

Second, we have the kids who are not members of the church. These kids come because they want to get away from their family, play games, and partake in the snacks and dinner that we provide the youth. They have a lot of questions and have a great misunderstanding of the Christian faith. They all attend the Baptist church on Sunday mornings. They don't want to worship with the group and constantly drive the conversations of track with outlandish comments. They know what gets under my skin and love to irritate me.

The first group is a group that needs nurturing and discipleship. The second is a group that needs evangelism. They need to have a Q&A time with me.

The UMC categorizes the youth group as a position of nurture and nurture alone. It does not look at a group of youth that need the gospel and evangelism. When you get the two together you get an explosion. The same explosion that I got last night when the youth in the second party and pushed my last button. Then after I silenced the rudeness, the first group began to speak up and actually received the lesson.