People say, “I don’t get the Megachurch, it’s just a business” or better yet, “they’re just out there to sell songs and books.” Add these comments to many more about where Kim and I attend service on Sunday, and all we can think is “you just don’t get it, but I really wish you would.”
Then, add those common statements along with a few others that are just plain mean-spirited (not to mention ignorant) and mix it into comments about the environment Kim and I have invested our lives in, and you hear things like:
- They don’t get deep enough into “The Word”
- The message just skims the surface
- The kids only go ’cause their friends are there
- They’re only raising their hands because the rest of the crowd is raising their hands
- The leaders are just immature adults
- They sing because their friends sing
I could really go on an almost seemingly list from people looking at us from the outside, and create a detailed rebuttal about each statement, but instead I’ll tell you what happens on a regular basis: Our oldest daughter goes to church in “The Attic” at the same time Kim and I volunteer as small group leaders. Almost every Sunday I glance over and think to myself:
There you stand next to your friends and small group leader, with your hands raised and eyes closed. Singing your heart out. If only other parents could see their kids in this place…
This is a well thought out, proven student ministry strategy, and while some may think these kids are following blindly, I think “is THIS the new peer pressure?”
What I appreciate so much with the strategy of this ministry, is that I get to see first hand as a volunteer… that it works. Now as a parent, I’ll take this over the alternative every day.
What strategy does your church or ministry have to help influence the youth?
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