Tony Jones recently blogged this quote from Mike Yaconelli,
“YS has always been about pushing boundaries. That’s why we started it. It was never really about youth ministry; it was always about radicalizing the church for Jesus. It just seemed to us that youth ministry was the way to do that.”
This is why I love Mike Yaconelli!
To me youth ministry (or any other ministry for that matter, like children’s, women’s, men’s, preaching ministry, hospitality, etc.) is not the end. The radicalizing of the church is the end. These ministries are only useful as far as they contribute to the mission and vision of the church – which is the gospel of Jesus and it’s inherent good news to all people.
There’s a great quote for the weekend.