Friday, July 9, 2010

Perspectives From the Field: A Time for a Change

Please read the title and reflect on the past year of your youth group activities. List the things that worked and the things that did not work to reach and teach your youth about their spiritual life, as well as strengthening their relationship and understanding of Christ.

The fact is that many of us, including myself, hate change. We want it to be the same way for ever. It is much easier to leave everything the same. Yet, we must stand up and ask the hard questions. What did you learn during this year? What can we do to make your experiences more heartfelt and informative? How can we help your spiritual life grow?

Let’s get real with our Youth. Ask questions that may have answers that you will not be ready to hear! Fact: there is no “PERFECT YOUTH GROUP,” no where, at no time. Just like there is no “PERFECT CHURCH.” Once we can truly accept that fact, we can start learning and teaching from ground zero.

To prepare for the upcoming year, we need to know our failures and strengths. We can correct the things we did incorrectly and build on the things we did right. Attention All Adults: stop thinking you know everything. Get some input from the youth. Add some of their flavor and some of your flavor, but keep the main ingredient: God’s Recipe for life. Once you do that, believe me, you will not go wrong.

by Earl Williams
Youth Director and Safe & Sacred Space Trainer
Grace United Methodist Church, Emporia, KS
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

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