Last night was an amazing time for students in our area.
Several churches moved away from issues that divide to focus on what it means to be ONE and have unity in Jesus. There were Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, Bible Church and others who participated in a time of worship, giving attention to the Word and prayer.
Actually the event wasn't that complex or "cutting edge". In fact, the simplicity was beautiful.
The worship team was from the host church but the rest of the stage team were youth pastors from visiting churches. A pastor from the Bible Church spoke about Jesus' prayer for oneness in John 17 then another pastor led the students through a short prayer experience.
This is why the time was amazing. In a day when many churches are competing and driven by consumerism and getting nickels and noses, the ONE service taught students how important unity is to Jesus. Sure, each of these local churches have important distinctions, but it was nice to place the differences on the back burner and see Jesus as preeminent and the one who unites.
This service could only happen because the youth workers in our area trust one another. Youth workers in our area only trust each other because we have relationship with each other. We have relationship with each other only because we spend time together.
We're all busy, but we understand that being together is much better than operating alone.
Are you connected? What if God used you to be a uniting force for student ministry in your particular area?
The best way to get started is to check out youthworkers.net
The National Network of Youth Ministries exist to help youth workers like us connect with other youth workers in our area. You don't have to be alone.
By the way, perhaps last night was an answer to Jesus' prayer, "make them one". I believe He was praised and pleased.