I was a full-time "youth minister" for about four years. I remember some good times, sure, but I also remember that every time we left the church building, we were beaten senseless. All of us -- students, sponsors, interns, meddling parents -- everyone.
If I only had this. (Thanks, Mike C., for the link.)
In retrospect, rather than watch my entire youth group being repeatedly attacked every time we left the building, I should have put my hands on my head and started swinging my elbows around. But hindsight is always 20/20.
The youth minister in the video with the dreads nails it: You do not know what's going to happen to you when you venture outside the four walls of the church. It's CRAZY out there.
I programmed a lot of programs, and each time we left the building, we were all, without exception, given a beat-down. To this day, when someone says, "Polaroid Scavenger Hunt", I shudder, and am haunted by those...those pictures.
There's a reason we did a lot of lock-ins, folks.
Like the guy says, noting the oft-quoted scripture, "Just because you're a Christian doesn't mean you have to get stomped on." I wish I would've thought about that. And he says you have to take responsibility for your flock.
People are brutal out there. Wow. I learned that lesson in a hard, albeit acrobatically-spectacular way, during our big "ChinaTown Outreach '97".
Be careful when you leave the four walls of church. Maybe just don't.