Caught up with a fellow friend in ministry this morning for a drink, which was cool.
He's on the organising committee for Youth Alive (a big evangelistic rally) here on the peninsula, which has been something I've never really been a fan of-for a number of reasons.
The first is that I just don't think its a particulalrly effective method of evangelism. I often wonder if all the time spent organising such an event would be better speant actually hanging out with kids in the community?
Theologically I have issues with the whole assumption that making one decision on one night actually achieves anything of spiritual significance? I know for many people it can be a good start, but i don't like the assumption-stated or not, that if you come down the front tonight you'll get into heaven.
I don't feel it allows for a great deal of diversity in terms of how people undertand/experience God. But then again, as part of a well grounded youth ministry program, that will have follow up discipleship stuff-it might have a place.
I've always reacted very heavily against the way they do things, but am softening on that a bit.