I’ve often wondered if this simple job description is the most accurate for junior high youth workers: “Sowers of Seeds”
You could make a fairly strong argument that one of our most consistent tasks is that of continuously tossing out little seeds in the lives of young teens.
- seeds of faith
- seeds of hope
- seeds of “I’m okay”
- seeds of “I’m gifted!”
- seeds of “I’m gonna make it!”
- seeds of confidence
- seeds of “I can make a difference”
I often tell the junior high team I help lead, “We are ALWAYS casting seeds, and SOMETIMES we even get to harvest them!”
Too many junior high youth workers are frustrated by not enough tangible result for their labor. And their response is often to question their calling, their effectiveness, their students receptivity, etc. Instead, I think it’s wise to develop a long-view of youth ministry and embrace the fact that much of what we do in the junior high years is truly just sowing seeds that will (maybe) take root in our ministry only to begin to fully grow and blossom later on.
Maybe it’s okay to focus less on results and more on faithfully, consistently sowing the seed.