For a few generations, Youth Councils has been the youth event of the year. The fact that I’ve been going to them for 50 years ought to tell us something. While I don’t remember a bad Youth Councils, I wonder what the terms really mean to a teenager today? More of the same forever?
In the USA West, we now celebrate SAY Summits. (A.K.A. Salvation Army Youth Summit) Just a name change? Well, maybe not.
I’d like these opportunities with our youth to be first and foremost a spiritual formation gathering for our youth. They need to be led into the presence of God. The need to share their faith with each other. They need to see how Christian youth can have a great time together. Corps youth leaders need the opportunity to get to know their young people in this away from home environment.
So, no more Youth Councils. It’s a new day and it’s a good focus. If our youth ever needed a fresh approach, it’s now.
Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.
Romans 5:6-8 MSG