Below is a casual conversation between 2 youth workers. I’m pretty sure my friend Duffy didn’t intend to get really deep with his post, he eventual does. As a Christian, what are your thoughts on your job? This little banter really got things churned in me about the “promise” we make as professionals. And yes, youth ministry is and should be a profession. -Nate
My orthopedist reminds me of youth pastor who likes everything about youth ministry except for teenagers. Dude, if ur bored w ur job: Quit.
I know you were just messing around, but not everyone has the luxury of loving their job… in fact, most people don’t
Duffy You’re right, Kath. But, like you and me, that guy is a professional, and at the heart of the word “professional” is the notion of a “promise” (ie,to profess). It implies a promise we make to our field and to those we serve regarding the way we will deal with them (Eugene Peterson has some great stuff on this in his book, The Contemplative Pastor). And stopping twice in the middle of the exam to answer the phone, and not bothering to check the patient’s file to see which is the injured leg (he started examining the wrong one!) is NOT professional. It’s okay to be bored, and you’re right; a lot of folks are bored with their jobs. That’s not dishonorable. But to be so bored with your job that you cease to keep your promise to your field (in his case, medicine) and your clients (in this case, me!, THAT IS DISHONORABLE. And, if it’s not possible for him to recalibrate his perspective toward his work and his patients, he should quit. That’s the honorable thing to do. Otherwise, it’s like a teacher that hates her students or a youthworker that hates kids. That teacher, that youthworker are breaking the profession that they make by taking on the title of “teacher” or “youthworker”. Nobody’s holding a gun to my orthopaedist’s head, although they may be holding the mortgage to his house. I don’t accept that he HAS to do that job. His obligation, my obligation is to keep promises. That’s all I was trying to say. I probably didn’t say it well.