Big Room 1: Yes to fulfillment is a Rob Parsons OBE talk recorded at Youthwork the Conference - 2011 on Youth Work available as DVD format.
'Visionaries are possessed people, men and women in the thrall of a belief so strong that they ignore all else – even reason – to ensure that reality catches up with their dreams' Ted Turner, CNN
To be a leader is to be someone who envisions a different future and aims for it. The Big Room talks look at the future God envisions, the future God says 'yes' to, the calling God has for us.
Why do we work with young people? Because we want to see them flourish, to see them fulfilled, to see them walking in the light of God's goodness and grace. Yet we can't, nor would we want to, force them into that journey of growth. We can't make decisions for our young people, we can only guide them. Nor can we make their journey pain free. We have to help them with the struggle of living in the now and the not yet. Things aren't always perfect, even in our churches. The Church might be a beautiful bride but she can also be tough to work for. What keeps us pressing on? In Revelation, the Apostle John gets a glimpse of the end of the road, the journey completed, the mission fulfilled. There may be pain in the struggle now but one day God himself will wipe the tears from our eyes.
We want you to feel celebrated for the work that you do whilst acknowledging the struggles of being in youthwork.