Conflict resolution is definitely the hardest life lesson I’ve ever had to learn.
It should come as no surprise that youth ministry is a demanding job. Youth ministers spend hours in overloaded schedules dreaming up speakers, organising events, practising music, setting up sports teams, encouraging outreach to those in need and, of course, preparing food. And then, after all that, sometimes only a few people show up.
“We need a church capable of meeting them on their way. We need a church capable of entering into their conversation. We need a church able to dialogue with those disciples who, having left Jerusalem behind, are wandering aimlessly, alone, with their own disappointment, disillusioned by a Christianity now considered barren. - Pope Francis, World Youth Day 2013
I’m not a genius or a prodigy. That’s not an attempt to win you over with my humility, it’s just a fact. But it’s actually something that took me a really long time to get my head around. Like most kids, I grew up thinking I was destined for greatness.
Christians are good at a lot of things. The scientist who came up with the Big Bang theory, several of the greatest composers of all time, and the guy who invented Domino’s Pizza – all Christians. We’re a talented bunch. But when it comes to talking about sex, there’s one thing Christians suck at: analogies.
Recently I found myself sitting on a couch, listening to a couple of friends discussing the idea of marriage. Neither friend took what could be called a “traditional” view of marriage and it was probably mere moments before I began raining my Catholic opinion down upon them like the ten plagues of Egypt.