Loved this video I found today, not just because Christiano Ronaldo gets a taste of humility but because I am still wrestling with the ways young people are still pretty passive receivers in many of our churches.
There are problems with this video of course, I was reminded of the film freedom writers by Patrick Regan at Spring Harvest when he showed a clip where a young black person in the inner city explained that the only way out was if you could rhyme or spin a ball. So this video may seem to underline this idea – we only offer routes to young people that involve singing or sport.
There is a parallel going on in church communities too. I am in the middle of Alan Hirsch’s book “The Permanent Revolution” which is arguing that our churches are severely limited by the fact we have edited out the roles of apostle, prophet and evangelist from our leadership vocabulary so we tend to meet just for worship and bible teaching which limits the opportunity for young people to shine in our church communities if they are not gifted musically or rhetorically.
Still working on solutions… But your comments are gratefully received below…