Her comment, though it was encouraging, made me realize again that every time a young person walks through our doors, they enter in to a culture that we've created. They'll either feel accepted or rejected, welcomed or shunned, encouraged or torn down, loved or ignored.
I want to make sure that we don't spend our time bashing "the world" and talking about what a dark place it is, and offer nothing alternative in return. Instead, I want to present to students an alternative culture and way - one based on the radical and relentless love of Jesus.
What kind of culture are you creating in your youth ministry?