Image via WikipediaThis is the second post in a series of five on youth work
Its very easy as a youth worker to get bogged down with matters of finance. Especially when your employer isn’t sure of their future funding.
It can be very tempting to instigate work because it will secure funding. Or job hunt for something more financially stable.
But of course the heart of any Christian work is the call of God.
What is it that Jesus wants at this time, in this place? What is the direction, the thrust of what the Spirit is doing in our church, organisation, local area? As tempting as it has been for my employer and I to run round looking for funding, we are instead taking time to consider how it is that God views things.
Its not easy. Some have wondered what the point of the review is and “why don’t you just get on with it as that’s what we pay your for”…
But I fully believe that Christian youth work needs to be seen in the context of the church community. Young people do not live in isolation, and besides if we want them to come to church, it needs to belong to them as well as everyone else.
We move forward together or not at all.
Whats the point of doing youth work in a parish context if it is divorced from the rest of the church community? Surely God’s call is to all of us together as the people of God.
So we continue with the review, and we pray. We are asking questions and looking to God for the answers – it doesn’t matter how many good or professional ideas I as a youth worker come up with, if they are not Gods ideas they will fail.
Because it is in Him we live and move and have our being:
From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ Acts 17:26-28