Church youth group is microcosm of social attitudes regarding paying attention and more
Should one want to inspect social attitudes, all one needs to do is monitor a youth car wash, fundraising dinner with clean up from the start to the ending.
Any process oriented quality control expert is familiar with the term Pareto’s Meaningful Few or 80/20 rule. There is a small percentage of those that disproportionately impacts the whole either positively or negatively.http://www.gassner.co.il/pareto/
Additionally, there is a economic indicator called return on investment (ROI) which determines your return from an initial investment. With ministry though, if one is reached, then it is worth the intrinsic investment from the beginning regardless of cost.http://www.business-case-analysis.com/return-on-investment.html
One sows, however it is God that gives the increase. Such is the frustration of not being able to see the results right away.
Regarding attitudes displayed in youth groups, one third works, one third watches, and one third does neither and can be off on some self indulgent enterprise. Typically the last third are the same ones requiring high maintenance or ongoing attention. They rarely engage and are also usually the ones that want you to repeat yourself so often.
They do as they please and are usually still unhappy and unfulfilled.
A youth group is a microcosm of what is happening in society. You have 1/3 the group paying attention and ready to incorporate instruction. You have 1/3 the group with just the opposite attributes paying little attention and being a distraction. And you have another 1/3 attempting to do both—attempting to pay attention and trying to follow the distractions of those creating chaos.
Those paying attention navigate through life with a minimum of issues. Those getting distracted have a propensity to get themselves into trouble, but will recover when shown the correct way. Those doing the distractions are the problem children of society, it’s a matter of what degree they will go off the track.
The decisions for Christ follow the same pattern. Those that are attentive make decisions with minimal prompting. Those trying to follow both sides of the question need proof due to their ongoing doubts and will make a decision later…days, months or years later. Those creating the distractions rarely commit since there’s always a boyfriend, girlfriend, party, or less important event to do.
Youth behave very much as adults when it comes to decisions for Christ or paying attention. The distracters want the benefits without having to do the work.
Society has the same attitudes working where many doing less or no work expect entitlements as though it is owed them.
A tough Bible adage is, “if you don’t work, you don’t eat” which clearly is a rebuke to those that are able to work but refuse to do so.
Now that is tough love.