Starting this Fall I’m helping our missions partner, Praying Pelican Missions, get started in Tijuana and northern Baja, basically within 2 hours of the San Diego border.
Note: Do to the nature of my trip and in an effort to protect the privacy of my hosts I’m not able to share specifics in this format. If you have specific questions about my trip please contact me via email.
“I’m so happy to be here, I never thought I’d have the opportunity to visit with you.” This is all I could come up with last Sunday when handed the microphone. I never even considered visiting Cuba as a possibility so I had no idea what to expect.
So what did I discover? Here are some snapshots.
The Youth Ministry Coaching Program is the oldest and most developed youth ministry development program on the block. After more than seven years, and 380 graduates and current participants, we’ve seen massive transformation in the individual lives of youth workers and the ministries they lead.
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of college athletics.
At the gooey center of every college team is the coach. The college coach is far more important to the success of the program than at the professional level. For example, he/she sets the tone for everything from recruiting to player development to academic support to nutrician to training to recruiting and, most visibly, to performance on the field. Really good ones are also involved in fundraising, masterminding the press, and scheduling.
What an election cycle.
Yesterday I had an opportunity to hear a presentation from Cartel author Len Kageler entitled, “Human Error in Christian Youth Work: A Cross-National Study of Youth Worker Mistakes“.
In other words his research explored the role and source of mistakes in youth ministry.
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- Advocate that t-shirts are legitimate work attire for church office hours.
- Tell your boss that leading a mission trip is not considered vacation time even if it was to the Bahamas.
- Help you justify 6 dozen water balloons, a canned ham, and 100 clothes pins as a business expense.
- Develop downloadable curriculum because sometimes lesson prep time gets eaten up with more important stuff.
- Remind you that the proper ratio when ordering is 1 large pizza for every 4 people.
- Create resources, coaching and training that will seriously mess with your head.
- Be your biggest fan.
- Tell you the truth.
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Understandably, adults are concerned about the online behavior of teenagers, specifically with social media. When I’m out talking to youth workers and hosting parent workshops I find most adults fall into one of two categories:
It’s late April.
It’s a dangerous time for vocational youth workers. Interest & attendance is typically waning a little as the school year winds down. Youth workers, especially younger ones, start feeling as though things aren’t going well because fewer teenagers are coming. Things that worked in October just aren’t working.