How To Learn About Youth Culture In Your Community

“Use the Culture, to Reach the Culture.”  That was the mantra for Liberty University youth majors back in the ’90’s.   We had outstanding mentors that encouraged us and mentored us to understand the culture of the kids we were going to minister to.   That’s one thing I’ve tried to do over the years, … More How To Learn About Youth Culture In Your Community

Beyond Pat Answers (repost from youthspecialties.com)

I’m a big believer in not giving teenagers “pat answers” or “tired cliches”.   Teenagers, like anyone else, want their leaders to be first and foremost want honesty, and if we don’t have an answer be honest and say we don’t know.   The below article is pretty good and is good advice for any … More Beyond Pat Answers (repost from youthspecialties.com)

Maybe We Should Stop Encouraging People to Get out of Their Comfort Zones

This may stir up some controversy.  It’s an interesting premise.  I know I’ve used this argument quite often, guilt-ing people to do something they aren’t comfortable with.   There is a lot to be said about “Stepping out of their comfort zone”, I know when I’ve stepped up and out of my comfort zone it … More Maybe We Should Stop Encouraging People to Get out of Their Comfort Zones

Things That Bug Me Most About Youth Ministry (by Brian Aaby)

This is a short article I first saw in my Twitter feed.   Can I just say that I LOVE what the author has to say in it.  Seriously….LOVE EVERYTHING IN IT.   I love it because it puts the responsibility for success of a youth ministry on the leader and not just casting blame on … More Things That Bug Me Most About Youth Ministry (by Brian Aaby)