Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The ministry of advocacy

I wrote here, ripping off an anonymous conference speaker, that advocacy wasn't speaking for someone but merely amplifying the voice of an ill-heard group/person.

But, as a church worker who specializes in children and youth, who are the people I should advocate for?

Obviously, children and youth themselves and their needs for Permission, Space, Validity and cost of ministry met by the church.

Ditto for the families of young people in the church.

Young adults who are just exploring church leadership and governance for the first time and are still "finding their voice."

Depending on your tenure at that church and personal history, you can speak form an outsider's perspective.

Finally, you have the opportunity to speak - even as a pseudo devil's advocate - as a voice adding theological balance to the conversation.

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