by Hank Hilliard
These quotes can open the door to deep reflection and discussion about the state of youth ministry at your church. Some of the quotes challenge us to move deeper in ministry. Some serve as encouragement and inspiration. Use the quotes to move your ministry team into deeper discussion about where you are and where you hope to go in ministry with students.
Study after study in the field of youth development makes it clear that the single most important thing that can make a positive difference in the life of a young person is the presence of a caring adult. —Mark Yaconelli
It’s not what I think. It’s not what you think. It’s what I think you think about me. —Unknown
Small acts of kindness are little blessings, balms that heal the many mean and belittling messages young people receive each day. —Mark Yaconelli
For pastors to burn without being consumed we need companionship for the journey, people who continue to stoke our faith with ever more challenging fuel. —Kenda Creasy Dean, Ron Foster, The Godbearing Life
Youth ministry used to be about forming relationships with teens so that they would come to your programs. Today, programs are not the end goal. Instead, programs serve as open doors for building relationships. —Hank Hilliard
We are hearing from numerous youth ministers that during this season their plate is just too full. Caring for others is a ministry staple, but often it comes at the expense of caring for oneself. Self care for the Youth MInister is so important. If you don’t take time for yourself and your own relationship with God, not only will you suffer, but eventually your students will too.
We’ve created a Pandemic Youth Week curriculum bundle that combines elements of both a summer camp and a youth week. Many youth are missing out on both of these due to cancelled camps and trips among other cancelled important events your youth would usually attend. We’ve written this curriculum such that it can be used in person while socially distancing, online, or some combination of both.
Despite all the challenges the pandemic has presented to youth ministries, it has also created an opportunity to allow youth more involvement in worship. Although youth sunday will look very different this year, it is a great opportunity to empower our youth to be leaders. Youth’s comfort and familiarity with technology make them a great resource for churches who are seeking to move their worship services online for the first time.