Students Need Adults

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

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

‘WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY’: THE SHEEP ARE WATCHING

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