I was contacted recently by a youth ministry colleague with a dilemma regarding discipline. I know many of us will be able to relate to the issues below:
I have a youth group with the average attendance around 25. Over the last couple of months I have been having problems with them showing respect to peers and leaders. There always seems to be talking going on when the lesson is going on and just through out the night. I find myself and the other leaders sitting patiently and waiting for them to settle down and give us their attention and this is after we speak in a loud voice for all to hear. Who do I get a hold on this? It disrupts our growing, learning, and with having to stop to gather their attention is taking up a lot of time. I need some ideas on haw to handle this.
So what are your thoughts? How have you responded to situations like this in your own ministry or how would you respond to it if it happened at your church?
Update: Joel Mayward has written a very useful post on this topic and has some great thoughts on how to deal with discipline issues with youth.