Youth ministry is...
...a teen wanting to come early for piano lessons just to have more time together.
...text invitations to a volleyball game.
...laughing up a storm about last night's dance party.
...3 girls sipping tea in my living, sharing hearts.
...Saturday morning pancakes, with couches full of kids.
Youth ministry is more than youth group messages and crazy, stupid games. Youth ministry is connecting to the hearts of students by caring about their lives--their boy-crazy, home-work-stressed, sports-centric, too-quiet-to-talk-in-a-large-group, brimming-with-potential-for-greatness-lives. When students feel comfortable just walking in the front door, when your home is a sort of second residence for them, when they know they are safe with you, when you're the best person to come to about the latest frustration or stress or heartbreak. THAT is youth ministry.