What wakes me up at 7 AM Sunday morning: A mini rant

Can we talk? (I guess so since you're reading this.)

If I'm honest I have to admit that I'm frustrated. There are a handful of amazing youth workers that show up to volunteer first service on Sunday morning. I realize that support and consistency are huge emotional needs for me, but what frustrates me goes beyond my emotional health. I could rant about being true to one's word, keeping commitments, and duty. Relax, I don't think that will help. I realize that much of my frustration comes from the fact that I'm asking people to serve 12-14 year olds at 8 AM on a Sunday morning. The rest of it comes from an inability I've had as a leader to cast a vision that helps people see the importance of what happens from 8:30 AM -10:00 AM each week.

I want to be clear that I'm not mad at any specific person. I don't think there are bad guys or gals in this situation. I also do not think that a church service is an 'end all' 'be all' to a young teenager's spiritual formation.

I have however, accepted the responsibility and the task of making sure that young teens are loved, guided to God's presence, and personally engaged every week, regardless of the time.

Here's a few reasons why I show up on Sunday.

  • Someone did it for me.
  • On some level, young people expect to meet with God at church. It's an honor to be a concrete representative of Christ when someone is looking for Him!
  • It's fun.
  • It makes a difference. The longer I'm involved in relational youth ministry, the more effective I've been with teens, parents, and their families.  Trust takes time, and after 5 years I'm seeing more "results" than ever. 
  • The "week to week" matters.  With tons of change at school, community, and family, young people benefit greatly from knowing that there is some consistency in their lives.
Ok, I feel a bit better now. I keep thinking if people really knew what goes on in our services, it would be difficult to STOP them from helping these teens. Maybe I'm crazy. 



Anonymous said...

It's ok to rant every once in awhile, Mike. You are allowed.

mark said...

Keeping volunteers responsible and motivated is a challenge I think every church faces. All I know is this, the things I love to do are the things I go out of my way to do. So the key is for there to be a real heart connection in the volunteer that creates a personal desire to want to do that.

I'm about to read a book called Hipster Christianity, sounds really good from what others are saying about it.

Mike Collins said...

@sharcieb, thank you for your support! It's strange (and fun) to see someone other than my sister leave a comment.

Mike Collins said...

@mark, I agree that there needs to be a heart connection with the volunteers! I think the lack of a heart connection is what frustrated me. I've been a youth pastor for 10 years and I know when the connection is there and when it's not.

I think the team I'm on is moving out of a season of disconnect and into a season of heart connection. So that's good.

I'm going to read Hipster Christianity too!

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