If you’re a ministry professional (either a youth leader or youth pastor) it’s very easy to fall into an “isolation” mindset when it comes to your ministry. There could be 10 churches within a mile radius, but it’s easy to feel like you’re the only one going through a particular problem or situation. While it may be true that you’re the only youth minister at your church, you are far from the only youth minister out there.
The crew over at Blimey Cow puts out some amazing videos. And this week’s is no exception. They tackle the ever-present “youth group cliches”, a few of which I’ve had the ‘pleasure’ of experiencing in my years in youth ministry.
Does your youth group fall into any of these “Youth Group Cliches?” Are there any other cliches you’d add? Do you absolutely disagree with this list? Let me know in the comments!
In our first post, we discovered a startling fact: students are online longer than most adults work a full-time job. But, this week, we learn a new (and very surprising) statistic: about 74% of parents have no idea what their students do online. And don’t think that students are entirely off the hook on this statistic: the same study says 46% of students mentioned “changing their behavior” if their parents knew what they were doing.
I don’t know about you, but to me… that’s troubling.
I’m a huge Anglophile. I’ve been into Doctor Who since David Tennant’s first season and have seen nearly every episode of Top Gear. However, it was on a trip to Dublin, Ireland that I discovered my new obsession: panel shows. My favorite? A cross-over show called “8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown” (yes, that’s the actual name) in which the cast of a different panel show (8 out of 10 Cats) takes over a popular gameshow (Countdown). After watching 7 or 8 episodes, it hit me: “this would make an AWESOME youth group game” (minus the overtly crude British humor).
The average teenager spends 44.5 hours per week in front of a screen.
Let’s just let that sink in for a minute: chances are high that you work a full-time job. Most full time jobs are 8am (or 9am) to 5pm. With an hour for lunch, that’s 36-40 hour work-weeks. The average teenager spends more time on a screen than you do at your job.
There are many things in life I take an interest in.
WordPress, design, photography, music, video games… these are all things that – at some point in my life – that I’ve written on, performed in, or threw myself into in haphazardly. I tend to be the type of person that obsesses over something to a point of fault, and then watches as the flame gets smothered with busyness and other matters.
But through the last decade, I’ve always maintained a passion for ministry. I’m not perfect by any means, but I love serving people – specifically students – and teaching them how to love God and love other people.