You’ve probably heard something like this dozens of times:
“Great message this week. Hey…what do you do all week anyhow?”
The tempting response is to punch that person in the neck (in love, of course). But a better response might be to actually be ready to give a quick answer to an honest question. We don’t always reply this way, but here is one example.
Serve students faithfully.
We got into this because of our love for students. Something about that age still resonates with us as we remember how critical this stage was in our lives and in our spiritual development. What do we do all day? Serve students. Talk to them about life. Nudge them toward Jesus. Call them out. Empower our leaders to do the same.
Equip parents and volunteers strategically.
What do we do all day? We create tools and resources to help our team of incredible people minister to students. We write talks and lessons and experiment with all sorts of ideas to help moms and dads love their teenagers more and empower them to spiritually disciple their own children. We celebrate when leaders bring someone to Christ or when a parent sees a wayward son or daughter come home.
Love the church wholeheartedly.
We love youth ministry—but we’re all about the whole church, too. Part of what we do all week is caring for adults and helping our teenagers not just fall in love with youth group but want to be a part of an adult movement that is changing the world for Jesus. We want to do whatever we can to help the whole organization be healthy.
Love our community unconditionally.
Part of what we do all week is love people—love our neighbor, love our spouse, and love our kids. I (Josh) serve in the community and chaplain the Cub Scout pack down the road. Ultimately what we get paid to do all week is love God and love students.
P.S. Obviously Josh also spends a good portion of each week doing calf exercises.
“So … what do you do all week?”
This post was written by Josh Griffin and Kurt Johnston and originally appeared as part of Simply Youth Ministry Today free newsletter. Subscribe to SYM Today right here.