Let me preface this post by saying I’ve been at my church for under a year. I understand that you have to jettison a senior class or two within a youth ministry to expunge former philosophies and practices and to import new ones that will grow over time. This fact does not make Senior Sunday any less sad for me. Eighty percent of the seniors I’m graduating, have not had any significant relationship with me or have they been involved in the youth ministry over the past year. This means, when I stand up to introduce them to the congregation, I will not be able to
- Share stories of spiritual growth
- Share moments from trips or events
- Share about about how much I care about them (I do but it’s hard to really care about people you don’t know)
- Share about funny moments we all shared
Even sadder, their parents could care less if I shared about these things. Maybe because they’ve had all the spiritual moments they needed in life. Maybe because with strong family units they did not need another spiritual community. If this is the case, God Bless them. Here’s a another saddening realization, their futures, unfortunately, include
- Not attending church
- Not continuing to grow in their faith
- Not caring whether the generations that come up after them in the youth group will have spiritual role models
What if I read that as their future plans in addition to going to college? Right, like a lead balloon. Can you say job hunting? The last of the saddest news is, I don’t know if their is an answer for our community. Oh, I could say Jesus is the answer but that is trite, and quite frankly, stupid. Jesus is not duck tape, You don’t slap him on broken spiritual lives and hope it holds them together.
To quote the great philosopher Dirty Harry, “A mans got to know his limitations”- Magnum Force.
I know mine. I also know God’s, He has none. Only God, by his grace, can save, inspire, and bring to pass, the spiritual growth needed to move this community past Senior Sunday. I have no confidence in the flesh. I have great confidence in God, but, that does not make me any less sad.
What challenges or emotions do you face on Senior Sunday?