We’d like to introduce our new youth pastor. He’s not that young. He’s 46. And he doesn’t have any training as a youth pastor. He’s not hip. He’s not particularly good with kids. He talks too much. He’s not a great listener. He doesn’t Snapchat. He’s made only 4 posts on Instagram and the majority of those were by his son. And he is a dinosaur who still uses email and Facebook.
But take a look at those amazing teenagers in that picture and you’ll realize why I’m in the picture. These are great human beings, and God is doing an awesome work in each of their lives.
And thank goodness, I’m not the only youth pastor. There are half a dozen other folks who lead our younger kids, and a bunch more who care for our toddlers. It’s really a village mentality here – we’re all in the business of raising kids, whether we have them or not, whether they are ours or not, whether we’re good at it or not. As a church we’ve said, “These are our kids. We will love them.”