I just want to wrestle with a few questions. Let's assume for this discussion that big events are about evangelism - proclaiming the good news about Jesus and helping teens find salvation through faith in Him. I've planned and participated in tons of these events.
Let's also assume that there are teens who find Jesus through these events.
And let's assume that most of these teens who find Jesus are likely not to continue in relationship with Him. Please resist the temptation to discuss the doctrinal differences we might have in this (i.e. "he was never really saved to begin with" vs. "he lost his salvation"). Let's just acknowledge that a large number of teens who say "I'll follow Jesus" at these events don't.
Now let's assume that big events take a ton of time (and many times, a ton of money) to pull off.
Here are the questions to consider:
- Are big events worth it, especially considering what they do to condition our teens? (see my last post)
- Could the time, money, and energy spent on big events be better spent elsewhere?
- In the long run, is it better to teach teens to minister in the context of their everyday lives? (this is something that every good youth ministry does, some more successfully than others)
- How are our big Christian events viewed by those who aren't Christian?
Remember, I acknowledge that there are times when taking the bus is better than taking the skateboard. These questions are just designed to help us think through the implications of driving the bus next door to borrow an egg from the neighbor.