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Thursday, March 10, 2005

Does Age Matter?

I was surfing around over there at Youth Specialties and came upon a discussion about age. The original post writer talked about his first "pastorate" in youth ministy: He was 19 years old. It was interesting to read some of the early 20-somethings, some who retorted that a number could not possibly define the readiness of taking on a youth ministry position of leadership.

Oh, how I thought the same thing. When I was in my late 20's (I'm not far from that now...) my current pastor told me that he didn't think people are really integrated until they are 29 or 30. I was a little incensed at his comment. I am wise to this fact now.

I have had a lot of bumps and bruises, failures and joys. I wish I knew then what I know now.
But, does age make a difference? Is it better to be younger? Closer to their age and thinking? Older? With more wisdom and experience?


Blogger Jaime said...

But, does age make a difference? Is it better to be younger? Closer to their age and thinking? Older?

I would definitely say that it is better not to be younger than your youth group.

I don't know how much age has to do with it honestly. I made mistakes in my 20s and I made different mistakes in my 30s. I think its about calling.

While that may seem like a "duh Jaime" statement, I don't think enough people give the whole calling argument enough due. There are plenty of folks who are in ministry because they have an unconscious desire to be ministered to, whether they are 22 or 42.

But as far as age goes, I still am in contact with some of my "kids" from my first youth group oh so many years ago. Now in their thirties, they have stated they "never realized how young" I was when I was their youth minister.

Go where God tells you to and don't sweat the details.

2:46 PM  

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