“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
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)
Pornography is a hot button topic for me namely because I’ve struggled with it for so long. I believe God has given me the victory over it, and I honestly don’t have a desire to look at it, but I have to be honest and also say there were moments in the past couple months … More 8 Lies Your Kids Believe about Porn
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
Randomly found this after these guys followed me on twitter. If you’re a youth pastor, youth volunteer, youth worker, etc, check it out, they have some really great resources. I found this while browsing their stuff, and thought it was absolutely brilliant. It’s good stuff.
There’s a lot to this article, but I loved reading it. There’s a danger in youth ministry of having too low of expectations, and then setting our expectations so high, that both ourselves as youth workers and the teenagers we are responsible for become discouraged and give up. When working with youth, we … More ADOLESCENT SPIRITUALITY, WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?
Here’s another great article pertaining to youth ministry. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a firm believer in youth taking ownership of their faith and in their youth group. As a small group leader I’ve encouraged kids to be the teacher and as an interim youth director, I encouraged the members of … More 8 Tips for Unleashing Teens to Teach
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)
I’m a veteran volunteer, I had hoped that by this point in my life I would have been in full time ministry as a career, but that’s not how GOD has led. So I’ve poured my time and efforts into assisting every youth pastor I’ve volunteered with. For me it’s a passion, so if I’m … More Raising the Bar for Volunteers.
When I first started out working with youth, I had this idea that I could be the one that could change a kids life, that because I was present in their life, if I maintained that presence, it could change them in some way. I learned the hard way how untrue and even arrogant … More We Can’t Change Students