Opportunities and challenges

During my era there were masses of volunteer youth workers and most of them were passionate about one thing and that was the gospel. They had a view that the only reason we did this was because we were gospel people. Then we put some qualifications into youth work, which was the right thing to do and really positive, but what happened was that a number of churches would employ a youth worker and they would come from a far broader perspective of holistic youth ministry and sometimes lost the intentionality of gospel.

Unless you keep that intentionally, you do very quickly become a community or social club – which are all valid – but is that really what we do as youth...

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