No doubt you have heard the craze coming from the South Korean artist PSY and his song “Gangnam Style.” I actually heard the song before it went global because a former kid in my youth group actually came across the song. The YouTube video (which I am not even going to link) has received over 990 million views which may be the most watched YouTube video ever. Then, as I learned, there is a dance (shown in the video) that is called the Gangnam Style dance. It’s a fad and it is all over the news, radios and teens love it.
The problem I have is that for all of the notoriety it has received the song is still horrible. If people would look past the catchy beat and just listen to the song they would notice one important fact, most of it is in Korean. What is he even saying? Who cares it has a good beat. This reminds me of how cheap music is today and no thought process is given to lyrics and music composition. Where are the Pink Floyds, the Led Zeppelins, Simon and Garfunkel or even Metallica. No… this generation’s contribution to music will be a Korean dance that looks like a Kangaroo trying to cross its short legs. I am not against that genre either but it seems it is cheap, not thought out and fades quickly.
Which leads me to the point of this post. Youth ministry has the tendency to be like fads but both have the ability to come and go. What we youth ministers need to push for are the redemptive aspects of ministry that are not catchy but are relational, incarnational, kingdom-oriented. There is a tendency to want to do what the big names are doing like Doug Fields, Josh Griffin, Marko and others and we fail to realize are own giftedness that is nothing close to those guys. Those guys would tell you to avoid the fads and to do what is important by having a purpose in your ministry and to stick with that.