Last week I was at church camp with 5th & 6th graders. Here is what I learned: I love 5th & 6th graders!! I know. It surprises me too. But I love them. They are at that perfect age for being old enough to have a meaningful conversation but not old enough to be “too kool for skool” *eye roll from a 5th or 6th grader.* AND I am never more hyper than I am with 5th & 6th graders. I have no idea why, but this age group (and Junior High too) energize me. I’m not saying by the end of the week it isn’t exhausting, but I literally soak up energy when I’m with them and I’m nuts. To my fellow adults at camp, sorry for being so obnoxious.
I know every Pastor has different personalities and gift sets, etc. But I think it would do well for any Pastor to commit some time each year to hang out with the youth ministry. It gives a new, and very necessary, perspective into a part of the flock in which God has called you to lead. And if you are in the same situation as LSC – it is quite possible that they are so separated in regards to the life of the church (back in Kids Kanyon or in their own 4th & 5th grade class) that they don’t know you, and you don’t know them. I had several awkward moments where I was introducing myself to a kid from Living Stones! I LOVE THEM ALL!!