This was originally published at http://uthguychaz.blogspot.com on April 9, 2010.
“What difference does knowing John Wesley make in your ministry as a Youthworker?”
The first way to answer this question was to start with God. Be theological. Not anthropological.
The second way takes the next step. Go where God goes. Where is God? Where did the early Methodists find the spirit most accessible and obvious?
I have found The Spirit often in my own journey, in those times I spend on the edge, on the margins of society and culture; especially in areas where good people (people created in God’s own image) are being crushed by unbelievable poverty, some who have no choice but to live in impoverished conditions, some who actually choose to live in particular situations of crushing poverty because it is slightly better than a previous condition of crushing poverty. Many of these people work long days for little money to produce things that Middle Class folks easily discard after a few uses.
“What does that have to do with God or Youth?”
When I started in Youthwork, I must confess, I thought my job was to keep Youth busy and happy. And especially to keep Parents happy! AND…. of course to keep the Senior Pastor of the Church happy! AND….. also to keep the Church Staff Committee happy and for that matter the whole church happy and….. if I just keep the Youth busy doing “fun” things everybody would be soooooo very happy, right? NOT!