Archive for April 8th, 2008

Safe Ministry

I ran into a family who used to go to our youth group and church.  After we exchanged pleasantries I asked where they were attending now.  She looked at me with a sort of guilty look and mentioned a church down the street. 

 

She described the church and how it had everything they needed for their family and especially the youth group.  “The boys open doors for the girls and they pay attention during the message… it’s just…”

 

“Safe?” I said.  She looked at me a little shocked.  (I’ll admit, my tone of voice wasn’t the kindest.)  But then she just nodded like that was exactly the word she was looking for. 

 

Don’t get me wrong.  I want our students to be safe.  We strive to offer a safe environment for them to come on Wednesday nights.  But let’s face it: if you’re ministering to students who might have never heard about Jesus Christ you’re going to have a few issues. 

 

Is it safe?  No.  It’s dangerous.  Thank God. 

 

Maybe that’s just me defending our cause.  Or maybe I really do believe it. 

 What do you think? Is ministry safe?  If it is, are we still ministering to the people who need it?

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