First Verse I Memorized on My Journey to Be a Youth Pastor.

I’m not very good at memorization.  Memorizing lists and keeping dates in memory has always been difficult for me.  I’m much better at memorizing themes or principles, getting the gist of something and then being able to replicate it rather well later.  
I had a youth pastor encourage me to memorize verses to help me become a better youth pastor and this one has particularly stuck in my head over time.

And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea — Mark 9:42

I don’t want to sound like a fire and brimstone pastor, but there are times, where we need to be reminded of the consequences of our actions.  I’ve come across too many youth pastors/workers (sometimes myself) who don’t use their words well, or their actions lead to harming one or some of the youth that God has entrusted us with.  Treating these instances with flippancy should not be our response as youth pastors.

In Social Work, this is called non-malfeasance.  Meaning, we’re supposed to think about our actions and pick the one that is not going to hurt the ones we serve.  (Meaning harm, with no purpose or curative goal in sight).

We need to handle situations like this with grace and care.  We should look for restoration both in ourselves and with the youth and their families.

One area we can improve on is our social media.  I’m not sure if we get how many people can access these pages (twitter, facebook) and read what we have to say.  For instance, combining words like Pastor and B@stard to make a new word (P@stard) to ridicule your pastor publicly is not cool.

Conflict needs to be managed in a Matthew 18 type of way.  One on One, then in Small groups, not on the social networking sites that only lead more people to be cynical of the church and it’s purpose in this world.   (perhaps I’ll post my view on Matthew 18 tomorrow)

To Be Continued…

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