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Things we could do differently in Youth Ministry… (2.0)


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Here’s a post form my blog that i ran across when i was trying to clean some things up as i start blogging a little more. This is a great post and something i needed to be reminded of. Check out the original post… there was a couple good comments on there.

ENJOY!

Thomas (ihajj.net) posted a link to this blog and i REALLY liked it! The post is by Chris Folmsbee and i think he has some really solid things to say.

I shot this link to a bunch of my buddies who are in youth ministry but i left WAY to many people out. So i wanted to post the link and even some of Chris’s list here. ENJOY!

Youth Ministry: If I were to do it again…
(this is a must read if you in youth ministry. here is a little taste!)

-    Act theologically before methodologically
•    Be more of a spiritual director than a program director
•    Hire a parent to be a part of our youth staff
•    Spend more time investing in interns/co-pastors
•    Experiment with more learner-centered education models
•    Ask less of my volunteers and yet equip them more
•    Communicate change to the church leaders, staff and parents more
•    Create more opportunities for students to “learn up” instead of me “teaching down”
•    Celebrate the successes in the lives of students with greater regularity and intensity
•    Worry less about the retreat themes and spend more time with the students on the retreats.
•    Take students on way more spiritual retreats
•    Work hard to be more collaborative with the youth workers in my city
•    Take more time off to be with my wife and kids
•    Be more intentional with a confirmation process
•    Find time to laugh and play more
•    Be more grace-filled with students who were goofing off and causing trouble
•    Try to learn more from the staff instead of thinking I have all the answers
•    Take the criticism of others more seriously and less defensively
•    Meet with my spiritual director more often
•    Take personal retreats more often
•    Be way more missional and a lot less attractional in my approach or model
•    Try and get more pulpit time to advocate for the students in the church and community
•    Pray more and develop a team of people to pray with
•    Provide inspiring training for the parent of the students
•    Call the students to greater levels of holiness
•    Spend a lot more time creating opportunities for students to practice justice
•    Allow the more artistic students opportunities to express themselves and their love for God.
•    Teach much more conversationally
•    Try to enter into the joy, pain, loss, doubt, hurt, etc. of the students and their families

Discuss