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January 27, 2005

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Though it seems like it could be motivated by the urging of Muckity-Mucks, I think probably not. Here's why - YS is a for-profit entity, yes, but their identity has always been one that pushes the envelope, one that challenges the existing systems, and that rebels against the status quo in general. I have been on volunteer staff at convention for them (both YouthWorker's and Emergent) and I could see those who lead YS saying, "We've shown the importance of having this conversation, but it's time to refocus on Youth Ministry. This conversation isn't going away anytime soon, and there are many people who have much to contribute to it besides us" It doesn't appear as if the EmergentYS line is going to go away anytime soon either. I suspect that People with hearts for Youth Ministry want to re-focus their energy on Youth Ministry. But, hey, I could be wrong.

Helpful perspective, Shane. I'm tracking with you here. So, we might say then that YS served a critical role as a catalist-of-sorts for the emergent conversation, and now that such role is fulfilled, it's time to refocus?

I think so. As a matter of fact, you and I discussed this at some length at the very first Emergent convention (I was a volunteer staffer in the bookstore). They couldn't ignore what they thought to be an important conversation that would have effects on youth ministry, but they also probably shouldn't let it steer them off course which is to provide practical resourcing for youth pastors like me. This doesn't mean they are withdrawing from the conversation, I think it means they recognize they have done their part, and played their role, sort of like Paul and Apollos in the NT. Just my take. Blessigs!

{light bulb turns on} Oh, wow! I remember that conversation now. I'm sorry I didn't put 2 + 2 together, but glad you just did! I really enjoyed talking with you that day.

Will you by chance be at this year's event?

I will be in Nasville. As I was last year.

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