Mike Pilavachi spoke at the third main session at Youthwork the conference. Mike is like the youth workers youth worker, the one we all listen to, and is genuinely so funny, interesting and honest.
He started with the view that our society is consumeristic, individualistic and based around a sense of entitlement. He went on to honestly critique the gospel that we all share, challenging himself and us to share the whole gospel, not just a gospel of us benefiting from God’s generous grace, but how from that we spend ourselves through tears of joy and pain.
We’ve forgotten how much we’ve been forgiven, sometimes we need to remind ourselves of the bad news to see how good the good news is.
God called us to go deeper, to not be satisfied, let’s not settle for alright when our nation, our world is going to hell.
Youthworkers need to be more professional but never at the expense of our passion.
Young people will always reproduced how we are, not what we say
Mike really developed this point and explained how Soul Survivor had focussed on worship, and so had lots of young people wanting to be the next Matt Redman, and only in the last few years with The Message and Soul in the City has that really expanded to think about justice and evangelism.
His last point was that we have to keep going in and out of season – something I really needed to hear.