Part of my current job is to be the Program Director for the Senior High Worship Service that takes place on Wednesday Nights. For most of the year this year, I have taken the approach of making the cue sheet to fit whatever we decide we have planned. It usually keeps us on track to get done on time and we can usually allow for some cool teaching moments inside that model.It seems pretty harmless at the outset and, in reality, that probably describes the role of many youth pastors around the country. But, recently, I have grown to almost hate that mentality. And I don't mean that I think that that vision is flawed. No, I mean that I have discovered a distinct disdain for this philosophy of programming in the Church.
Even as I write this, I am frustrated with the line "It usually keeps us on track to get done on time and we can usually allow for some cool teaching moments inside that model." Honestly, my first thought here is, "Who do I think that I am." See, this thought process goes completely against what I tell my students I want us to be about. It is a clear effort to take God and His Holy Spirit and put it into a 75 minute, human shaped box. And that ain't right, folks.
All that to say, I'm changing my mentality on programming. I'm officially resigning as the Program Director and accepting the position as Tentative Plan Writer. I want to develop plans that engage our hearts with His; worship services that worship Him instead of our schedules. Holy Spirit guided plans that honor those serving in other areas of the church and yet disciple students to tune into the Holy Spirit.
I wonder how that changes things. I wonder what would happen if the Consumeristic American Church would create some space in her over-crowded, overly-busy life to just exist in the Spirit of God. Sure, that's the Body's decision, but it has to start somewhere. And Pastor, it takes a servant of Christ to lead His People toward Him.
What's your role?
What area of your life are you worshipping on Sundays instead of Jesus?