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Real Youth Workers are Better Than Perfect Youth Workers

Youth workers who pretend that they have the Christian life all figured out are boring! Let’s face it, none of us want to follow someone who thinks they have anything all figured out – we want to learn from people who are on the same journey we’re on, a journey of messiness and incompleteness, of bumps and turns and twists and surprises. In short, we want to learn from people who live with veracity – people who live out the truth of their own journey in front of us.

For you to be a youth worker who lives with veracity, and for me to be a youth worker who lives with veracity, we have to live, speak and act boldly – whether that means a boldness of knowing or a boldness of unknowing. See, veracity and passion are closely linked. And when I live in truth (the truth of my real story with God), I live a passionate life, and veracity naturally leaks out in my interactions with students. When I do this, I become more “attractive” to real students (unfortunately, not more physically attractive!) The truth of Jesus alive in my life is attractive.

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5 thoughts on “Real Youth Workers are Better Than Perfect Youth Workers

  1. I love the links here. Truth leads to veracity. Veracity permeates relationships.

    Could this be the new attractional model? Problem is that qualifying phrase “real students.” This seems very similar to how Jesus was attractive (and repellent).

  2. i need to go look up the word veracity!

  3. “…we have to live, speak and act boldly – whether that means a boldness of knowing or a boldness of unknowing.”

    I’ve always said that the students can see through our BS and I think this sentence sums it up well.

  4. Marko I couldn’t agree with you more!!! Sort of like “messy spirituality”. Also easier to follow someone who don’t pretend to have it all together!!

  5. I’m with McGill. Had to look it up:

    ve·rac·i·ty/vəˈrasətē/Noun
    1. Conformity to facts; accuracy: “the veracity of the story”.
    2. Habitual truthfulness: “his veracity and character”.

    I look at it like this. In a world full of fakes the primary question every student I meet in the high school group wants to know is: Is this dude for real?

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