What is the liturgy of your ministry? Sometimes, the word “liturgy” brings forth an understanding of “traditional worship.” In reality, the word simply means “the work of the people.” In its root form, the word was used to describe a civic project, like the building of an aqueduct. Basically, it is what the community builds together...
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Let’s face it; someone trying to be cool can be awkward. Whether it’s a jr. high kid who has never stepped foot on a basketball court wearing head to toe Nike basketball gear (me) or a college freshman suddenly taking in an interest in hipster acoustic folk music when they still have an iPod full of early 2000s pop-punk (also me), or a retirement age man wearing skinny jeans, thick glasses, and graphic splattered flannel as an attempt to stay hip with the youths (hopefully never me), someone attempting to look cool is so much less cool than someone who is comfortable with who they really are. Sadly I think the church as a whole has become a victim of faking the cool factor.
If you are in youth ministry, you’ve probably heard that question. It may have come from a tattle-telling teenager, a concerned parent or a critical church member. In each case, the assumption is this: Making teenagers get along is part of your job. I disagree.