Back in November, I wrote a post titled ‘Motives for Youth Ministry‘ where I asked Christians working with young people to explain why they did it. I had some great responses in the comments, but I’m now looking to develop that research with a simple survey.
I’m writing a chapter for an upcoming Youth & Policy publication on the theme of Christian youth work and want to ask a very simple question of Christian youth workers (of which I am one). It doesn’t matter what sort of setting you work in, whether you are paid or voluntary. All I would like to know is:
What is your primary reason for working with young people?
To make things interesting, I’m only giving you two possible answers;
- to do something positive for others/serve/love others/make a difference/etc. (social action), or
- to tell people about Jesus (evangelism).
I know this is very simplistic and people have a whole host of reasons for doing youth work, but go with me on this. Many people will also say it’s about both sharing the Good News and doing good for others, but I want to push you to pick one or the other based on your personal motivation!
If you really disagree with this either/or question, then please leave a comment explaining why. Your thoughts would be helpful.
So here’s the poll:
Thanks for your help!