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Five Valuable Teachings for Youth Ministry

  1. God is love. If this is the only thing you learn in life, it’ll be the thing that counts. This is also entangled with the greatest commandment: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
  2. You’re more than a number. At a time when we are measured in countless ways, it is critical to understand that any reductionist theory of people is fundamentally flawed. I am in the business of reducing problems to numbers and I believe applying such logic to people is poison.
  3. Don’t believe the media. The world is full of lies.
  4. You’re always welcome here. No matter how far you stray, or how low you stoop, or how hard you fall, you’re always welcome here.
  5. Christ is the only way. I say this not to be exclusionary but to be clear that no one else is coming. We won’t meet the bar on our own. Christ has come. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.