12 Days of Christmas (Youth Ministry Edition)

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Youth ministry is an incredible mix of fun and gut-wrenching drama.  In the same Sunday morning we get to talk to a trustee mad about another oddly-colored stain in the youth room carpet (who’s idea was carpet in a youth room anyway!) and a mother in tears because her thirteen year old is wanting to come to church again.

We know that it is better to not explain the game that caused the stain to the trustee or the new girlfriend to the mother because we have, in the words of the Matrix, been down that road.  We know where it ends.

We live a life where we get to see the Holy Spirit consume the heart of a teen before our eyes at camp.  We have the honor of guiding them through the healing pain of repentance and see the way God uses them as cities on a hill. We get to do all of this while eating more pizza than is healthy and getting free wardrobe updates via camp t-shirts.

It is in honor of this life that I have rewritten the popular 12 Days of Christmas as a celebration of the good bad and gross of Youth Ministry.  Enjoy!

You know the tune… Sing it out:

On the first day of Christmas my youth group gave to me a life changing love of Jesus
On the second day of Christmas my youth group gave to me Two messy games
On the third day of Christmas my youth group gave to me Three camp tears
On the fourth day of Christmas my youth group gave to me Four tics at camp
On the fifth day of Christmas my youth group gave to me Five lost receipts
On the sixth day of Christmas my youth group gave to me Six nights of pizza
On the seventh day of Christmas my youth group gave to me Seven Missing Seniors
On the eighth day of Christmas my youth group gave to me Eight Church bus breakdowns
On the ninth day of Christmas my youth group gave to me Nine Cheap camp T-shirts
On the tenth day of Christmas my youth group gave to me Ten Angry Trustees
On the eleventh day of Christmas my youth group gave to me Eleven Retreat Boyfriends
On the twelfth day of Christmas my youth group gave to me Twelve notes passed in church

 

 

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When he is not playing with his four children with his wonderful wife, Jeremy oversees children, youth, and college ministries in addition to leading the evening worship service at Christ United Methodist Church in Mobile, Al. He is passionate about reaching people with the message of Jesus in a way that engages them with the movement of God. Jeremy is the Senior Editor of the Seedbed Youth Ministry Collective and the author of Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth Ministry. You can find a list of all his books, articles and resources for churches at his website: JeremyWords.com

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