This is a great article from youthministry.com. I’ll be honest and say that, like the authors, when I was younger and still “growing up” in youth ministry, I thought being a youth worker meant you had to be popular, attractive, charismatic, all kinds of ability, and young, and that by the age of 40, … More Students Need Adults
“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
This was a tough article to read to be honest, it convicted because of the circumstances of my life the past couple of months. Whether you’re paid staff or volunteer, this is a reminder that we are under a microscope. Teens/kids/adults are watching us and will model our actions and attitudes. Read the … More ‘WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY’: THE SHEEP ARE WATCHING
This is a pretty interesting article. What’s even more interesting is the controversy it kicked up on the book of face on the Gospel Coalition’s facebook page in which people questioned the validity of youth ministry. That in and of itself would be a whole new blog. I’m a firm believer in the value of youth … More 3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A YOUTH MINISTER
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?