Did you know there are between 32,000 and 37,000 Christian denominations in the world today? That’s a lot! And each of those denominations have different churches within them. And each of those churches probably has a different kind of youth group. So what makes us any different?
Think of us like a PB&J sandwich. Yum.
- The first and most obvious part of our sandwich is a sense of community (THE BREAD). Without the bread, we are only a bunch of people who happen to get together… like jelly and peanut butter sitting next to each other in the cabinet. The New Testament tells us that those of us who do god-things are born of God. Which means we’re brothers and sisters. And God is our… dad.
- The second part is like the jelly. We call this “inclusion.” There’s a lot of communities out there, but few of them understand the importance of making people feel welcome and included. We’re sweet, sticky, and fun… like jelly. If you’ve never been to our youth group, you’ll quickly realize that you’re one of the gang.
- The third part of the sandwich is the peanut butter! It’s full of nutrients and essential fats. But it’s tough to chew sometimes. This is like our teaching time. A group can have a great sense of community, be very inclusive, but still get nothing accomplished! It’s like feeding sugar-free syrup to hummingbirds. They eat and eat, but there’s nothing of substance – so they die. This is the core of our sandwich. We learn together. We chew ideas over. We ponder.