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Community Youth Development

This is a review of community youth development.  It examines a few aspects of community development and is very transferable to youth ministry. Introduction Community youth development is a new approach to youth work that incorporates new values at the … Continue reading

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Messiness of Group Processing

Last week I spent three days with a team of youth workers who were asked by Group to come out and help lay a foundation of how to improve and how to execute SYMC 2012. Here are a few of my reflections on the group process there. (meaning how we did in our cells of people talking about the same thing, not how Group, the ministry, handled it’s guests.

Process is Messy

I loved the fact that there were sooo many passionate people in my group (soul care). Grateful that they were on the team and on board with the vision of providing excellent soul care. However, it quickly became clear that group process is a very messy product even when involving highly motivated and highly intelligent people.

Vision Vs. Solution

One point that I know we all were caught up in doing was jumping to solution sets even when it was time to just sit and visioneer what our work group was all about. We were assigned to Guest Care. Which includes welcoming, prayer areas and the Shelter (pastoral care). Loved these areas. Our group did very well even when we were solution focused to pull back and say, wait, this section was meant to just talk about the vision for this group. We kept going back and forth between vision and solution, there was a good mix of accountability and frustration, but we got to where we were going, Not sure if we nailed a strong vision among all the problem solving.

Solution Focused

Our group was very solution focused. Makes sense considering the crowd I was in. People who are extremely talented, extremely driven and extremely in love and passionate about caring for other youth pastors. These youth workers, when confronted with a problem could easily brainstorm a dozen solutions to that problem. Sometimes this was a great thing, sometimes it kept us from getting a single answer down on paper. I think we finally got a few solution sets down on paper for Kami and gang… but that took a lot of effort.

Charity outweighs everything

When doing group process, you need to realize that your sense of charity needs to be multiplied by five. People are processing from their areas of hurt, concern, success and failures. They don’t want to be burned or get burned at the same time they want what is best. Sometimes that takes the form of being a little argumentative, (I like to call it deliberating). When you have a group that’s dedicated to each other and the purpose, you can have a greater level of charity and make progress. I think groups like this fail when the level of charity is overwhelmed by self-centeredness. I was bless that this was not the case in our group. I loved getting to know my team and am hopeful for the future.

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Communion: Christian Community and Solidarity

Remembrance: I’ve been focusing lately on the song by Matt Maher.  It’s called Remembrance.  It is a song that focuses on the ordinance of communion.  Below is the first few stanza’s of his song: Oh, how could it be That … Continue reading

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My Response to Guest Post: Helping Teens in Crisis

My Friend Jeremy asked me to critique his blog after posting my recap of his blog on my blog. I’ve read through his blog (which is really thoughtfully done) and with an eye towards improving or supplimenting his commentary, I … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Helping Teens in Crisis

My friend Jeremy from Seventy8productions wrote an excellent series on Helping Teens In Crisis: Below are links and some excerpts from his blog, which are several posts long, but I condensed them into his Three Big Points (please go to … Continue reading

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Family Friendly Response to Josh’s post.

I read Josh’s post on family inclusive discipleship ministry. I had a few thoughts on what he had to say.  He points to the division that has sprung up from that movie Divided that claims that only 100 % family … Continue reading

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Family Friendly Discipleship Process: Thoughts from Josh Griffin

Josh Griffin made some excellent points on reflecting on how to make youth ministry become a family inclusive discipleship ministry.  Here is an excerpt of his post: There have been some great discussions on the future of youth ministry as … Continue reading

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Ministry Idea: Non-Peak Season Can Drive

Thanksgiving and Christmas are the seasons where we all get in the spirit of helping and giving and one of many things youth groups do is do can drives.  While I am not saying this is a bad idea, what … Continue reading

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What should an Ideal Pastor’s wife Be???

Came across a post today by Ron Edmonson on the Seven Qualities to Look for in a Pastor’s Wife.  He lists seven characteristics that he believes are in the ideal Pastor’s wife: Your biggest supporter. Obedient to the call of … Continue reading

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The Evils of a Stereotypical Youth Pastor

Ignatius the Youth Pastor We have all heard of, seen, been subject to or victim of the Stereotypical Youth Pastor.  These are the youth pastors who seem to “have it all together,” yet miss the very nature of being a … Continue reading

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