Saturday, October 31, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Weariness is worn as a badge of honor, busyness is touted as a sign of importance, and "I am needed 24-7" is a defense mechanism that produces pseudo significance. - D. Salter
I am still focusing on REST & REFUEL! So many of you "preach" this, but few put it into practice. Spend time with family, friends and those people who energize you today. Believe it or not, life and ministry will continue if you take a break... you're not THAT important, sorry.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
- Allow parents to see students in a positive, Christ-honoring atmosphere designed with their student in mind.
- Give students an opportunity to see that their parents aren't "losers" and other people actually enjoy being around them.
- Gain support for the ministry from people who have had their driver's license for more than 8 months.
- Allow parents to see that their student isn't the only one "dressing that way."
- Begin to open doors that allow students and parents to serve together.
- Give unspoken but intentional support to the family unit.
- Develop relationships and gain wisdom from people who spend everyday loving, caring and raising teens.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
I recently read an article in which a Sociologist penned that youth pastors "need the kind of job description that allows them to spend lots of time with teenagers-there is absolutely no substitute for spending time with youth and sticking to it for a long time." I agree and disagree with this notion and am choosing to "blog it" to further explain through a series of I BELIEVES.
· Youth leaders need job descriptions that give them direction and help them understand the expectations of their position. I don't believe they need more "free-time" to spend time with students, but intentionally planned and scheduled time.
· There are better uses of a youth leaders job than just spending time with students, keep reading before you jump to conclusions. I believe in ministry through multiplication... investing in adult leaders, which multiplies our ability to connect, multiplies our effectiveness, multiplies our gifts and multiplies our Kingdom building efforts. Spending quality time developing, training and encouraging leaders is one of the best investments we can make. Great resource: Sustainable Youth Ministry by Mark DeVries.
· Spending time with students and families is one of the greatest benefits of being a Youth leader. However, we shouldn't just spend time with students and families to meet a quota. We need to be students of students, asking questions that give us insight into their world and life. Through these interactions we will better understand how to plan, equip and communicate to students and families.
· That youth leaders need "personal and family" times built into their job descriptions. Not to mandate a time of day to spend with their family or on personal development, but to have high accountability in this area. Many youth leaders ignore their own soul and family for the sake of the ministry. Most do this with the best intentions of trying to build the Kingdom; some do it because their job may be at stake if they don't produce the right numbers or office hours. BOTH are wrong and lead to burnout and in many situations the departure of good leaders. Family and personal time are imperative to longevity and health.
I BELIEVE in youth ministry and the local church. I believe that students can lead... now. I believe that Jesus provides and that we need to do our part. I believe!