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Reflections on NYWC part 2 November 23, 2008

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Tonight I don’t want to focus so much on the content of today…but more on some observations.

First…some negatives/rants

  • People please…please…PLEASE turn OFF your cell phones! Put them on vibrate.  In my first seminar this morning someone’s phone went off and he let it ring 3 or 4 times.  2 minutes it rang again!  Silence the phones!  I think it’s so ironic that one complaint of youth workers is that students text while in youth group and then their youth workers come to a conference and do the same thing!
  • Saving seats.  Man…its impossible to get a decent seat.  You have these huge groups that come in and take huge sections of seats before anyone even has a chance to get one!  It’s very discouraging.
  • I’ve met lots of other youth pastors this weekend.  But almost every time they have asked me the same question: How big is your youth group?  Man that’s so frustrating…

An observation…

  • The different dynamics of the arena sections are interesting.
  • The first night I had the opportunity to sit up front, right next to the stage. People are pumped…getting all excited, jumping around, going crazy!  It was awesome!
  • This morning I sat back a little more and people were standing up, participating, but it was a little more reserved.
  • Tonight I sat up in upper sections and when it was worship through music time, our whole section stayed seated, a lot more reserved.  Now, don’t think I’m ragging on this group because I’m not–they were worshipping just as much as those in the front.  I often like to just stop singing and just listen and watch others worship.  It’s great!

A personal confession…

Geez…I am overwhelmed!  I have so much to wrestle with!  I get so frustrated about all this stuff that I’ve learned about the nuts and bolts of ministry.

I keep realizing how much I need to learn, but at the same time I keep thinking to myself: “My goodness…how am I ever going to do all of this?  How am I going to continue to work on being a good communicator.  How am I going to manage all of our volunteers.  How would I institute an application process and background checks.  How am I going to make sure I connect with a few students each night when I have so many people vying for my attention?

I feel like I can’t do it all!  How in the world are these people able to do all of that and still manage to keep a life?  It makes me feel so puny, overwhelmed, and untalented.  Like I’m never going to be able to accomplish all of that!  I’m giving serious thought about not attending anymore “ministry oriented” seminars.

Completely unrelated…

I’m totally loving Family Force 5’s new album.  Love it!

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