This post went live last week over at the Red Culture Iowa blog.
In youth ministry the discipleship process often gets complicated. We get a student in the door, tell an emotional story for them to raise their hand and accept Jesus into their heart, get them to read the book of John, introduce them to a new believers class, tell them they need to serve, get them to raise money for Speed the Light, and tell them to bring friends. Next we expect them to obey every rule and commandment in the Bible. Now we have a fully devoted follower of Jesus. Or we’ve created a super busy student that does exactly what we tell them to do instead of thinking on their own.