Repent or Run – our only choices

May 14, 2009 — 3 Comments

A few weeks ago we took our youth to the “awakening conference” in RI. It was fantastic. Great preaching, great worship and great fellowship. We had a good amount of kids with us and we were very excited about what was to come of this trip.
I have been to many conferences and most are like energy drinks. A quick high. However this one last year was different so we went in with high expectations.

There was some themes that stuck out to me:

  1. You need to have the presence of God in your ministry
  2. You need to be dedicated to prayer
  3. Don’t get discouraged
  4. Let God do His thing

Every bit of that is dead on. I have heard many times in ministry that if the presence of the Lord is there then people will respond. The problem is that we always have this assumption that this means a good response. However there are a few huge things that we have to realize.

  1. Where the presence of the Lord is there will also be conviction of the Holy spirit
  2. The deeper you get into the word and the more challenging the more people have to make choices as to what to do with that info

We stepped up our Youth ministry as of late to challenge the kids beyond just reading the bible. Beyond going through the motions.

If you bite an apple you can choose to spit it out before it nourishes you.

In the same sense if you read the word or hear it you can spit it out before it nourishes your spirit.

I know our kids have been convicted. We have lost many kids since trying to be more real and this has been discouraging. Thing is having 60 kids who come to meetings just to check out the opposite sex and never ever attempt to apply the word is worthless. Having 2 kids who are really trying to see what God can do in their life and affecting others is priceless. This is currently what we are dealing with. We literally went from 60 kids to 5 in 6 months.

Now numbers can be discouraging, but that honestly is not my concern. I don’t care about even having 0 kids coming. What I care about is these kids are hurting. I know they have felt love in the church, but it is so hard to let go of hate, bitterness, sex, drama, baggage, etc and just give it to God. I pray for them daily.

What I have noticed though is this:

We as leaders can go through the motions, but at a certain point we are just casting pearls before swine. That’s when programs and events and misc stuff need to end and prayer needs to be taken to a new level. Because it is only through prayer that God can heal our land.

I have noticed something interesting about free will…
When God convicts we have two choices:

Repent or Run

Right now my youth are turning to run so we are turning to more prayer. This may mean we are putting a halt to our youth meetings to regroup and let God move because the time we put into preparing the word for people who don’t want to hear it can be better served in coming before the throne on behalf of the least, the lost and the lonely in my church.

Joel Klampert

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3 responses to Repent or Run – our only choices

  1. I lead a worship ministry as a volunteer – not a youth ministry – but the same principles apply. Honestly, I am at a point right now when I am questioning my calling. Am I supposed to be leading this ministry or is it time to step down? So point #3 is what caught my eye – “Don’t get discouraged.” How do you prevent that?

    ECCs last blog post..Faith In Action

  2. I am still trying to process your words
    “Is the Shack Evil? I don’t really care actually…”

    You are a youth leader? Do you have any idea how accountable you are to God for the lives of those youth?

    I read your blog on repentance. Interesting. Why should your youth repent? You have introduced them to a false “Jesus” in the Shack who tells us he doesn’t do punishment, he just lets people learn from their mistakes. Really? Have you taken a pair of sissors to II Thes. 1:7-9?
    Love ya man but wake up! Have these kids ever heard someone weep as he tells them hell is real and eternity is forever and just a heartbeat away?

    PS You are right on re the prayer thing. The way so-called Christian leaders are lapping up apostasy like milk, our whole country is in the express lane for spiritual blindness if we do not seek God on our knees with all our heart. II Chron. 7:14

    Sounds like you care, that’s good.

  3. I think I know where a problem might be, from the sounds of this entry. You have expectations of these kids. And you shouldn’t have any except for them to respect you and others while at the church. God will do the rest.

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