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

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 ( 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