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Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
For the past two summers, Sunday School (for the youth group) has consisted of combining grades 6th-12th and inviting guest speakers (members of the congregation) to come and share their faith journey. The format is incredibly simple. For the first fifteen minutes, we simply hang out. Then, we spend fifteen minutes listening to faith stories of various individuals. Some of the stories are long, some short, some heart-wrenching, some humorous, and some strange. Once a story has been shared, we divide into three groups (based on age groups), discuss what he heard, and think of questions for the speaker. For the final fifteen minutes, the youth are able to ask the speaker any questions they want.
Overall, we’ve received positive feedback from both the youth and speakers. As adults, I believe it is hard for us to clearly articulate our faith. We want to share our faith with others, but we don’t want to be intrusive. And, often we’re not even sure that people want to hear our faith story. But, the youth are a very welcoming crowd. When sharing their story with the youth, most people are relaxed and honest. I’m not sure you could find this type of environment anywhere else.
At the same time, our youth love hearing the stories of adults. They’re always amazed that adults experienced (and experience) the same struggles that they face today.
I hope that by having such conversations between adults and youth, we can create relationships that will not only last a lifetime, but also reinforce the notion that the church is composed of many age groups and that an imaginary barrier does not need to exist between youth and adults.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I have written how the church needs to trust young adults to lead it if it wants to remain relevant... however, I no longer think that the training ground for this should be youth ministry. We have it all backwards. We let the young lead the young and this is where young pastors develop this sense of ego and entitlement that they bring with them into "big church". It's a psycho-social phenomenon that needs to be studied. I think it's both harmful to the students and to those young leaders that lead them.People complain that I am long on observations and short on suggestions. So here's one: If your church has a youth pastor under the age of 30, promote them immediately into either adult ministry or children's ministry. Then, go out and hire a 30-something youth pastor (preferably a woman), and be prepared to pay them well so they will stick around.
Friday, June 22, 2007
It's all in a word: Find out why this group is changing the way it talks about youth ministry. No more "kids" and no more "leaders."
Ouch! As usual, the Stupid Church People blog says it like it is about our "youth ministry hijinks" and sometimes the truth hurts.
Anybody remember the JOT cartoons? A local TV station ran these when I was a kid. I don't think at the time we had any idea that these were Christian cartoons. In this episode Jot steals a cupcake and goes on a pyschedelic acid trip of repentance!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
1. Those Tagged will share 5 things they dig about Jesus.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
This creative (and sort of weird) video could generate an interesting discussion amongst youth about the ways we allow media/technology to manipulate our self-image.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Things you can't use as a part of your teaching style around the Gun Jumper: rhetorical questions, stories that build to a point, or any idea that has more than one part. This one wants to ask the final point before you get to it. On the one hand, you want to applaud because of their ability to grasp what you're talking about. But on the other hand, you want to throw your shoe at them for messing with your set-up that you've worked so hard on.
For the message, I spent the entire time sharing different ways I had seen God present during the past school year. When you sit down and write out such lists, it’s amazing at how quickly a page of paper fills up (I’m definitely going to pull this list out the next time I’m having a rough day). Then, at the end of our worship, we watched a slide show choreographed to the song “The Face of Love” by Sanctus Real. We interspersed pictures of the youth with photos of Jesus (I totally stole this idea from Brian). Overall, it was an incredible night. As much as I am ready for summer to begin (and all of the mission trips, summer camps, outreach activities, and fellowship events), I’m a little sad that the school year is over.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Friday, June 01, 2007
You might think it's just a long wall with a bunch of names on it. But standing there, realizing that those names all represented somebody's loved one killed violently, it's hard not to be emotional. I was particularly moved when I considered that most of the young men who died in that war were about the same age as the boys who were then with me on the mission trip. "Were we at war today," I remember thinking, "None of these boys would likely be with us on this trip. And some of them might be dead."