19 October, 2005
Youth Ministry....It Is Fishy Buisness
When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Timothy, the early church minister of the gospel, he told him not let people despise him for his youth. Timothy must have been a very young minister which fell under criticism for being too young to lead the church of Christ.
In evangelical churches this verse is the battle cry of an ever youthful milieu of people called "youth ministers". These people are generally cooler, better looking, more energetic, and more "down to earth" than the rest of us Theologians and Pastors. The typical youth minister will, without purpose, divide the youth from the rest of the congregation based upon the notion that "Pastor Tom understands me!" Teens love these people.
Yesterday I got my copy of World magazine in the mail. I always go to the section called Quick Takes first. (I am a very large man...it's like eating dessert first!) Below you will find the Quick Take that once again proves my point that "youth ministry" is not something that ordained men should be doing, nor the to-be-ordained aspiring to.
Flee fear and fish-flinging youth pastors
First Assembly of God church in Florence, Ala., launched a Fear Factor--type ministry modeled after the hit television show in which contestants complete extreme tasks for cash prizes. In the first round, the voluntary participants—parental consent required—swallow between one and three live comet goldfish to help conquer fears and possibly win the $250 cash prize. "We need to be realistic about what the Bible says about fear and not be afraid to share our faith in school," youth minister Anthony Martin told the Florence TimesDaily. For the second round of elimination, Mr. Martin said students would race to get free from a coffin covered in chains. Good thing, too. Once the pet store owner found out how Mr. Martin used the goldfish, she declared it animal cruelty.
-What biblical basis is their for the office of youth minister?
-How should a minister of the Gospel reach out to teens?
-How can Pentecostals even take themselves seriously when they pull stunts like this?
A non-Discussion Point:
-I am not for "animal rights", but I am for this man being charged with cruelty to animals, child abuse, and good old stupidity!