The Purpose of Youth Ministry…

woman-at-wellYesterday, I attended my mom’s church in Southern Illinois. The Pastor gave a message based on John 4, the woman at the well. One of the statements that the pastor made summed up the passage well, but also encapsulated what we should be modeling as youth workers:

“Jesus knew everything the woman had done, everything she was going to do. He knew she had a reputation. But he still loved her anyway.”

This is what we should model as youth workers.

Many times, we know the reputations of students that come through the doors of our churches (especially in a small town/rural environment). We are to love like Jesus, loving them, despite what they have done. We are to look to the finished product. God is not finished writing their story. Just like the woman at the well, Jesus can still change people’s hearts today.

Our job as youth workers is to do as the woman at the well did, to invite others to meet Jesus.  We cannot forget that. Ever.


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Brent Lacy

Youth Pastor. Web Designer. Homeschool Dad. Former Child Abuse Investigator. IT Technician. Writer. Lock-in Survivor. Rural Ministry Advocate. These all describe the experiences and stories that are part of Brent Lacy’s time in ministry. Brent grew up on 160 acres of corn, soybeans and cattle in Southern Illinois. He is currently a Rural Ministry Specialist with National Network of Youth Ministry (NNYM), based in Rockville, Indiana where he lives with his beautiful wife and three awesome kids in the Covered Bridge Capital of the World! His book "Rural Youth Ministry: Thrive Where You're Planted" is available at and on the Kindle Store.

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