An old pastors’ adage says, “Those who can’t, go; those who can’t go, teach”—the shortened aphorism for “Those who can’t preach, go to the mission field; those who can’t go to the mission field, teach.” Whoever created this useless and unbiblical proverb deserves appointment as minister of sanitation over church restrooms. This adage contradicts the following truths:
Every man going to the mission field must be able to preach the Word.
No one should go to the mission field as their second or third option for ministry.
A little while back, I wrote a blogpost on PS23 concerning a defense of youth ministry. Two weeks ago, I continued speaking on youth ministry by starting in on its first essential: prayer. If any ministry (particularly youth ministry) is going to be God-honoring, there are basics which it must (yes, must) include.
The first essential is prayer. As I stated in that blogpost, all members of the local church’s congregation need to be praying for the youth ministry (youth workers, parents, pastors, elders, lay-folks, and students). They need to be praying for the salvation of students, growth of the professing Christian students, student’s openness to the youth workers, direction from the youth pastor, etc.… Continue reading