I’m a youth pastor…but first and foremost I’m a husband and a father of two boys. I’m also a huge basketball fan – love to play and coach….maybe that’s why the sport of choice (my boys may beg to differ that they actually had a choice) in the Bradford family is basketball.
We live in a small city where HOCKEY is KING and if not hockey it’s SOCCER and if not soccer it’s FOOTBALL and if not football it’s BASEBALL and if not baseball it’s LACROSSE and if not lacrosse it’s SWIMMING……and on and on and on….
I love the fact that kids are active and that they are learning lessons on the court or rink that are preparing them now and for the future. The question I have is this (particularly when it comes to youth ministry) ARE WE SABOTAGING OUR CHILDREN’S SPIRITUAL FORMATION?
I’m struggling with this tension in our own faith community and even in my own family context. SHOULD SUCCESS AND SKILL DEVELOPMENT ON THE BASKETBALL COURT SUPERSEDE SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT IN OUR KIDS?
Maybe we give youth ministry too much credit? Just because a student is involved in youth ministry does not guarantee they are growing spiritually. In a culture and society that appears to be consumed with OUTSOURCING CHILDREN – has youth ministry become an add-on for parents to pick and choose? If it has ….it changes everything.