- Negative attitude
- Smile less
- Critical spirit
- Lowered self control
- Shorter fuse
- Destructive thoughts
- Self doubt
- More arguments
- Less motivation
- Feelings of helplessness
- Unreasonable excuses
- Lack of grace
- Lowered self value
- Loose sight of dreams
- Less risk taking
- Comfort seeking
- Opportunities for spiritual surrender
A graduating senior wants to be a leader in our high school ministry when she graduates…she’s a total stud, and I’d love for her to be a leader…when she’s a sophomore in college… here’s what I wrote:
yer a stud! I would love that. We have people go a year out of high school before they come back and be a leader…this creates a little bit of separation and gives some time for a person to grow a little beyond high school … we’ve also found it tuff on the leader b/c students are prone to saying, “yer not even really a leader, you were in high school 2 months ago….”
however, you could be a leader in Junior High…and then move up with your students when they graduate up …which would be great!!
Great youth ministry is built on relationships. Few would argue against this. Most of the time, “building relationships” makes a lot of sense and it’s an easy guideline to follow.
Today, we came up against a common tension, although its one we rarely talk about. Put simply, when spending time with a student, when should we be serious and when should we be silly?
Laughter is great for building relationships, it builds trust. But when is the right time to switch over to serious conversations about Jesus?
We had a lot of great discussion! Today’s meeting was one of my favorites in the past year.
Where does you discernment come into play? When do you crack a joke and when do you go to a “deeper” place?