If You Build It … Who Did You Build It For?

Food for thought on youth groups and so-called youth ministry from Mark Oestreicher in his Youth Ministry 3.0:

“I was a true believer in ‘If you build it, they will come.’ It sounds wonderful in a world consumed by marketing our niches to get the desired outcome. The problem is that it doesn’t work. I realize now that the ‘If you’ was all me—not God. God is missing in the Field of Dreams I build. By grace God showed up in the stuff I built, but now I see that what God built is the only thing that’s made any lasting impact.” — Jerry Watts