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, February 21, 2013

P's in youth ministry (short article)

There are multiple things to consider in youth ministry. Today I want to briefly look at some issues which start with the letter P (the list is definitely not exhausted, but a start):

Patience -
Don't freak out when they're superloud! Don't scream at them when they're rude to you. Be patient. I am not saying that you should allow them everything, you should have ground rules and you should stick to them. But convey your message in the right way (you know...live the example.)

Perseverance -
Calm down and relax, you can make it through this session, and the next one, and the next one, and the next one... It might never end, but that is ok. As a youthworker I want to encourage you to "walk the distance" even though the road can be bumpy. Most youth ministries seem to be stuck in one place, often change their youth leader, face opposition which seem to hold the ministry back and so forth... (more in: http://ymarchitects.com/shop/sustainable-youth-ministry/).
Party -
Now don't get me wrong here...with party I don't mean to go in a pub and drink some beer's with them. The thing is that most young people think that "church people" have no fun. So show your teens some fun games, crazy challenges and tell them stupid jokes. Show them that you are as human as they are...just make sure that you do draw a line concerning ethical issues.

Pillar -
Today young people are faced with war, drugs, broken families, HIV/Aids, poverty, violence, abuse and many other things. Society tells us that "everything goes", and if everything goes nothing stays to give guidance. You can make a difference, with your knowledge, time, wisdom and life - you can give them good direction.

Pain -
Young people have to deal with many difficult experiences (some are mentioned above), these usually come at a cost. Dissapointment, grief and hurt can cause alot of pain. In a safe environment young people might feel welcome to share those painful stories in order to start a healing process. Be prepared to listen, to pray with them and if necessary to find (more professional) help for them.

Prejudice -
We all do it...we look at a person and think we have figuered them out. All people have a tendancy to judge others (especially those who are different). We need to work hard on ourselves and with the teens to break our opinionatedness. Acceptance, understanding and conversation are the way to go.

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