Concerning Youth Ministry, someone once suggested that teens need only three things to thrive in their Christian walk: Namely a King, a Cause, and a Crew.
King Jesus, who is both Lord and Saviour, is certainly the only hope for a meaningful life for any teen. It is surely Christ who gives meaning and purpose to any Godly cause (which is really His cause). And He has put teens in community, their “crew” as it were, to encourage, edify and equip them for their cause. This, of course, does not only apply to teens, but to all of us. Remove any one of these aspects of the Christian walk, and the rest will suffer or die.
Without Jesus as our King, we can have no meaningful cause to speak of, and we cease to be part of a crew, the body of Christ. Likewise, Where there is no vision [cause], the people perish (Prov 29:18) and we have no need for God or a crew. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” …And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; (1 Cor 12:21,26). When our crew is missing or we fail to recognize the need for community, it ultimately leads to disillusionment with God and his purposes.
It is all about belonging really; Being children of God and belonging to Him, making Him King over our lives. Abiding in Christ so that His causes become ours, and belonging to each other as the body of Christ (our crew). Paul writes; There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Eph 4:4-6)
John Wesley summed up the need for a King, a Cause, and a Crew when he said; “I want the whole Christ for my Saviour, the whole Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship, and the whole world for my mission field.”
May this be our desire too. Ps Andrew Woodbridge