Relational Youth Ministry

Archive for November, 2007

30 Nov

Why Youth Ministers Should Read Their Student’s Blogs

The key thing to note in the very Beginning is that the blogs are in the public domain. So if you were worried about prying or uncovering secrets then that is not the case. The student has chosen to put their writing on the Internet – it is nothing like finding a diary hidden at [...]

22 Nov

10 questions you WILL be asked

Be prepared to be asked all sorts of questions when you begin Relational Youth Ministry – especially from young people with no prior church or God connections. I have listed below the 5 serious questions and also 5 fun questions [which need to be taken seriously] you will be asked before too long. Top 5 [...]

19 Nov

Key Ingredients of Effective Learning

1. Teachers should know their subject In some senses this one is an obvious – but maybe you too have left the preparation to the very last minute [driving to the youth meeting?] and whilst the subject matter is known to a level it possible would have benefited from more advanced thought – research even? [...]

16 Nov

Friends with benefits?

In a recent blog post, Aspen Education Group wrote: “Friends with benefits” is a term today’s teenagers and college students use for couples who have sex but are not romantically in love. I have been aware of the use of this phrase for quite some time. However, I don’t think I have ever seen it [...]

13 Nov

An armed robber as a chaplaincy worker

Adam is a very interesting guy with an unusual experience of life – I love him heaps. I first met him when he was 16 years old and 2 years into his 4 year prison sentence. The main charge was armed robbery. For those of you that have been involved in the prison system – [...]

10 Nov

How to encourage your students to D.R.E.A.M.

The Bible says that without a vision the people will perish and I have found that people (young and old) are more vibrant and engaged when they are working towards something – some goal is encouraging them along the way. Some time ago my wife preached a sermon called Freedom from Mundane Thinking and, as [...]

07 Nov

Balance – spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social

In youth ministry we run the risk of being out of balance by failing to consider the varying needs of the young people in our care. Human beings are complex creatures made in the image of God, with different aspects of need, different areas of development. Adolescents often need outside input and influences as they [...]

04 Nov

2 Questions that work for me

One of the keys to successful youth ministry – well relational ministry – is the ability to ask good questions (there are other skills which we will come to in due course) – but I have a couple of questions that work for me and I thought I would share them with you. Early in [...]

01 Nov

Mentoring is Effective: A Serial Killer Apologises

I recently came across this short piece in New Life – which is Australia’s Christian Newspaper. Way back in 2002 ….. two serial killers were shooting in random fashion. One was the older John Allen Muhammad who, with his young 17 year old protégée Lee Boyd Malvo, killed ten people and injured three others in [...]

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