While at Youthwork The Conference this weekend, I wandered around the exhibition area and took a look at some of the resources available to buy. It struck me that there was a never-ending variety of books telling me how to do certain sorts of youth ministry.
Urban youth ministry, “middle school” youth ministry, new kinds of youth ministry, biblical youth ministry, relational youth ministry, youth ministry discipleship, etc, etc. Now I know these resources can be helpful and I’ve not read most of them so don’t want to be critical of the authors or content, but it did make me wonder whether we need any of these ‘how to’ manuals?
If we’re investing in our own spiritual development and are reflective practitioners in our work, then perhaps we might not need to borrow someone else’s model of youth ministry and can simply get on with being who God has called us to be. Perhaps I’m being a touch naive!
What do you think? Do you buy lots of resources or are they a waste of time?