Day 3 in St. Louis at YS…
…observations of youth leaders:
- I’ve seen a lot of cycles of “youth minister” looks…from the 80’s (sock ties, boat shoes, plaid shorts and long izod shirts – with O.P. cord shorts thrown in for good measure topped off with some cool “Risky Business-esque” shades) through several other phases – the shaved head, earring, tattooed and definitely a goatee – to the emo-esque bang swept dyed and streaked hair with “girl pants” and sloppy t-shirts and cool belt buckles…yep – youth leaders typically are a trendy bunch
- Being here reminds me of the 12+ years my husband was the youth leader at our church. Great times! I miss those times – but it’s a blessing to work at Dare 2 Share now and still have the opportunity to impact the lives of teenagers.
- I love youth leaders – I love their undying passion for students, and their willingness to be crazy – we have “dares” at our booth and have made a bunch of poor souls run across the exhibit hall and scream at the top of their lungs…”Dare 2 Share rocks” all for a little tube of chapstick and a hacky sack!
- I love that age doesn’t matter to be a youth leader – talking with a few youth leaders who are, well, let’s just say they’re no longer spring chickens – but they are definitely young at heart – it’s encouraging! I love the conversation I had with one gentleman about how when you’re working for God, the adventures continue and the normal boundaries of “retirement age” etc. that the stuffy corporate life places upon many people doesn’t have to creep in to those working in ministry. Amen, brother! I hope to be well on in years, still young at heart, and going strong in the decades to come!
- I have been impressed this year with the conversations I am having with youth leaders at our booth who understand the need to get serious about teaching students to be deep in the word. More than one youth leader has acknowledged how scary it is that many of today’s teen’s have no clue about the Bible – not knowing the Sunday School lessons even that most of us grew up with. One guy told me he no longer can refer to “you know, the David and Goliath story in the Bible” with his teens because, they don’t know.
- As adults we have a lot of ground to cover! We have to model our faith and share our faith with this younger generation around us!
To all the Youth Leaders attending YS who just may have stumbled across this humble little blog – THANKS FOR YOUR EFFORTS in reaching this generation of teenagers! Don’t lose heart – know that you are respected and loved and you ARE making a difference!!!!!
My encouragement to you today – may you find refreshement in these words from scripture:
Isaiah 40:28 – 31
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
they walk and don’t lag behind.