Sunday, August 26, 2007

Talk to Tom

a Jesus thought...
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (John 9:5)

a Godly thought...
Whenever the church is led by outsiders rather than indigenous leaders there will remain a suspicion that although Jesus has come into the host community, he is not really part of that community. (p74 Frost & Hirsch)

a leading thought...
When organisations struggle, genuine leaders don't blame their people; they ask God to show them how to make a positive difference. (p285 Blackaby)

a Dave thought...
It was reported in the media yesterday http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22304224-2,00.html?from=public_rss how Tom Wood a 16 year old boy bypassed the governments new $84m porn filter in 30 minutes.

It makes me ask why we don't get the people who we are recipients of the system to be involved in its creation rather than pretend we have the answers. You see it is often a 16yo who could tell you why a new program, structure or service may not work but as the baby boomers have the power they also think they have the answers.
I have been asked to serve as the youth rep on numerous committees over the last few years and I am now 36. People think I am young but maybe I am just younger or is mid-30s now considered youth in an aging movement? So let us engage the real youth of our movement into the heart of our discussions and please look for someone 20 years younger than me for answers.
Just a thought.

2 comments:

upstream said...

Hi Dave - good to read your thoughts mate. I will add you to my daily read list

No pressure! :)

Anonymous said...

Dave, it reminds me of a few members of a corps council who were complaining about young people getting into the sound room and using the equipment and possible damaging it. One of the more wiser members of the corps council suggested that the young people probably knew how it worked better than those who officially worked in it.