If you missed out on the event, Engage Speaker Series 3: Asian American Youth Ministry, A Narrative of Collision by Peter Ong watch it here as recorded and edited using my macbook pro’s isight.
(you would be able to watch it here but i just discovered a limitation to wordpress as i am still working through this migration process – brightcove is not yet supported. the video itself runs a good 59:50)
that night was a refreshing time for many who attended. peter brought up some interesting insights about the power of our personal stories. we must know ours as well as the stories in the lives of those we minister to (the collision of 1st and 2nd generation or obc and abc or youth workers and youth).
we are led to ask, is the story of the gospel really good news? does the way we tell it, or our being shaped by it and living it really compel people? sad to say but the reality is that the story of the church is so wooden and its structures have become a place the younger generations do not desire to come back to. it may just be that there are stories in the world pitched to the youth in our care that are far more attractive yet unfulfilling. that is the power of the media and marketing. jeremy del rio along with a network of youth workers in the Northeast have been addressing just that by pioneering a prayer agenda for america’s youth in a presentation (mooks, midriffs, myspace & more). peter’s insights on narratives leaves us ready to introduce jeremy who will present at the next engage speaker series.