Trained or untrained? Who will answer the question?
There are too many ministering to young people who are untrained, unskilled and not even called!
Yes, I know that there are many who have just been ticked off. I’m sure many of you are saying things like:
“God called me, I don’t need to study!”
“God looks for my availability not for my ability”
“Who needs a title to minister?”
“There isn’t anybody available so we can’t be fussy”
“What does it matter, anything is better than nothing”
And I am sure there are many other statements that has made its rounds.
So let me use an analogy in this post. You have a car, may not be a fancy car, but it is your car. You spent money on purchasing that car and now you must have you car either serviced or fixed. Who do you send it to? Do you just send it to any Tom, Dick or Harry that says they can work on cars? Do you send it to someone who says “I don’t need to have an ability to fix cars, I just need to be available”? Or “I don’t need to have knowledge of what I am about to do, it will come to me on the spur of the moment when it matters! I mean anything is better than nothing!” I know the answer to that one. It’s a HELL NO! That person better know what they are doing because the car will be returned to us in a condition that is worse than when it went in.
We are so specific when it comes to these tangible things in our lives. Things that can be easily replaced or fixed. These things have to be serviced by trained, equipped and professional people who know what they are doing. But when it comes to ministering to our young people we just allow any idiot to get in the room and just hammer away with whatever tool they have at their disposal. Our young people are so much more worth than these fancy things we can purchase any other year. We need trained, equipped, knowledgeable and experienced people ministering to our youth. We need people who are called by God to minster to our youth, else we will have young people with a theologically skewed way of thinking and a warped mentality of God and who he is.
So pastor, parent, adult – make sure the person ministering to your youth is trained, equipped, knowledgeable and called!