Many small churches suffer from this quickly-spread disease. It’s often caught in the parking lot after church board meetings. Starts out with a fever and is toxic to a youth ministry. The virus spreads quickly and soon the whole church suffers from different versions of the same illness.
Wondering if your church might have such a flu? Symptoms may include sentences that begin with:
“Well, the previous youth director used to…”
“I remember when the youth used to all sit together in church.”
“We used to have 30, 50, 70, or 100 kids here on a Sunday night.”
“I remember when I was in youth group, we used to…”
“We never had to pay for a youth director before.”
Other signs include constant comparisons to the “golden era” of some urban myth of a past youth ministry gone by or include questions like, “Where did that couch of my grandma’s go that I donated to the youth room 14 years ago?”
Remedy? Stop the spread.
Ask everyone to wash their hands of the “in the past, we…” phrases. If the flu continues to cause an unhealthy body, have everyone gather together to take a little sip of wine and piece of bread. The Great Physician prescribed it Himself. One dose taken with sincerity works in everyone to kill off that nasty flu.