Is Your Ministry Fearless?

I’ve always thought of myself as a pretty brave person, except of course for that “Space Mountain Incident” at Disneyland when I screamed my brains out for the entire ride. But come on, I was nine. It’s not like I repeated that escapade on one of those giant swings in eighth grade or “re-enacted” my performance at Six Flags when I was an adult.

Okay. Okay. So I have an issue with rollercoasters.

But for the most part, I’ll give anything a shot.

In fact, that’s why I became a youth minister. I knew it would be tough, but I was up for the challenge. (And, well, I wanted a gangsta job where I could use a handheld microphone regularly.)

In reality, nine years of youth ministry taught me a lot about myself, but perhaps the biggest thing it showed me is that I’m not as brave as I thought.

If I’m honest, there were a lot of times when:

I didn’t talk to new teens at Life Night . . . because I was afraid.

I ignored planning difficult Issue Nights, opting for less controversial ones . . . because I was afraid.

I didn’t visit my teens at their school . . . because I was afraid.

Sadly enough, this list could go on and on. Fear held me back in my ministry, but it didn’t have to. I allowed it in. I gave it permission to dictate not only how I ministered but whom I ministered to.

Something tells me I’m not alone.

So let me ask you a question, and be honest with yourself:

Is your ministry fearless?

Think about that for a moment.

Is your ministry fearless?

Pope Francis has shown us a lot in these first weeks of his pontificate, and one of the most obvious has been his humility. But, for me, the thing I’ve noticed first, is his courage. He goes outside the walls of the Vatican. He not only evangelizes from the pulpit. He evangelizes on the street.

That’s the kind of ministry our Church needs.

That’s the kind of ministry our parishes need.

That’s the kind of ministry our teens need.

It’s time to get outside the walls of our parishes and follow the example of our shepherd. He’s not calling us to be “fearless.” He’s showing us how to be.

And I don’t know about you, but this looks like a ride worth jumping on.

Question: What is one thing you need to do to have a more fearless ministry? (Share below.)

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