Friday, September 28, 2012

Seeing, Hearing, Doing

Nothing beats learning by doing when it comes to practical skills. We can listen, we can look, but when we're able to do, ah, the difference! Now we're learning in a whole new way and importantly, we are owning the skill.

This is no less true for teens. They welcome and value hands-on experience.

Below are two examples of teens getting the experience they need to excel and be better citizens, one in the kitchen and one in court. They are learning and understanding in a whole new way, growing and developing long term skills.

 Student-Run Restaurant Gives Tulsa Teens Practical Experience ...
Nathan's Bistro is a student-run restaurant and is back in business for the school year.

 Staten Island Youth Court: Teens get involved in justice system ...
Says one participant: "We're not tough or lenient. What we're trying to do is help the teen."

We see this in youTheology when the youTheologians plan and lead worship. They come alive in a different manner. This is important as we develop leaders.

  • What opportunities are there in your ministry for your students to actually do and lead versus listening and watching? 
  • How can you shape this "doing" so that it qualitatively impacts their life so they grow and develop new skills that will undergird their faith?
Loving God, Loving Neighbor
Developing Faithful Leaders for a Diverse Church and World Now and in the Future

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