I attended the JAYWOK meeting today: Jamestown Area Youth Workers. This is a group of area youth pastors who meet regularly for encouragement and prayer. It was my first meeting and it was great. They are mostly younger than me and are salt-of-the-earth folk who are working hard to do ministry in these crazy times. We had a great talk about issues like:
- How do we get church members away from the consumer mentality?
- Whose responsibility is it to care for others -- the pastor or us?
- How do we motivate youth to be good leaders when they are surrounded by apathy in the church?
I won't pretend that we came up with all the answers but it was encouraging to share with like-minded people.
-- I'm always thankful for good conversation about ministry and faith issues.
-- I'm thankful for good talks in general. Today I had lunch down the road at Rich & Margaret's, our local diner. I sat near an older couple who came in after me and never said ONE WORD to each other the whole time they were there. They talked to other patrons, but not to each other. I thought it was so sad. Please, Lord, may this never be the case for me.