Social action and community work have become increasingly part of the landscape of Christian youth work during the past decade or so. The big action-festivals Message 2000, Festival Manchester and Soul in the City were put together and run by youth organisations, as was the Hope 08 action year. Local youth groups organised local versions of these. And on a less formal level, in youth centres and churches alike, young people have been encouraged to help out with running activities for younger members, planning and setting up for events, playing in the worship group, etc. It seems that there is an instinctive link between youth work and serving the community. Why is this?