YM Quotes:

YM Quotes:

Youth ministry is always a challenge. Youth ministry is consistently changing. Youth ministry is regularly surprising. Youth ministry is fresh all the time. (Mark Oestreicher)

Although students need guidance from good leaders, we often take on too much of the responsibility for their knowledge about God. We want them to blindly adopt our opinions rather than work out their own understanding. Instead we must help young people learn how to think for themselves with God’s perspective as their foundation and the Word of God as their rule. (Sean Dunn)

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Article 2: Do you see the potential?

Today it often seems to me that many "adults" don't have a very good opinion about young people (especially teenagers). Normally they are viewed as loud, rude, disrespectful, lazy and so on. I am wondering why it is that we mainly see the negative (it is probably part of today's worldview). I read an article where it is suggested that African youth are usually neglected and excluded from decision making*.

My question is: "Do we ever see the potential in young people?"

If I think about this, I am immediately reminded of 1 Timothy 4:12-
"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity".

Many young people heard of that verse before and enjoy especially the first part of it. The Apostle Paul encourages (young) Timothy to know and understand that he has something to say, has the potential to lead and is able to contribute to the society around him...
BUT, he has responsibility as well (to set an example in terms of his values, actions and faith). As Timothy was challenged to set an example so should we challenge teenagers to do the same. Paul looked at Timothy and saw (envisioned) what he is capable of. If we don't see the potential in young people(and then guide them to reach it) how should they find out.

I know this is not developed in a day (or two), several steps are helpful and a lot of time will be needed:
- Realize that young people have potential.
- Get to know some teenagers.
- Establish a strong relationship with 2-3 young people.
- Challenge them to find out what they are good in.
- Help them to get involved in a ministry where they can release and nurture their potential.
- Release them into ministry (be available for advice, encourage them if they struggle and celebrate their victories)


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