Things we could do differently in Youth Ministry...
Thomas (ihajj.net) posted a link to this blog and i REALLY liked it! The post is by Chris Folmsbee and just 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