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I found two great quotes by Dr. Conel West, professor of African studies (?) at Princeton.
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HELPING STUDENTS DEAL W/ IDENTITY
DYD New Jersey-
Zuny's clothing stores
· Harrison Ford- "All I would tell people was to hold onto what is individual about themselves, not to allow their ambitions for success to cause them to try to imitate the success of others. You've got to find it on your own terms."
· Who and what they identify with now will identify them for life.
· 5 common ways students demonstatrate their struggle with identity: 1) Through Status Symbols- right clothes, right possessions
2) Through Forbidden Behaviors- Lesbian behavior, smoking, drinking
3) Through Rebellion- demonstrates seperation with parents/adults
4) Through Idols- celebrities, pro athletes (Preteens- Hannah Montana, Jonas Brothers)
5) Through Cliquish Exclusion- intolerant in exclusion to their peers (Junior High)
- Dr. Les Parrot PhD -
· Respond as opposed to react.
· Their are certain things that you should just let go.
· "Life in a fallen world presents kinds with two options: either finding one's identity in Christ, or choosing to find identity in something else which is idolatry."
· Final Exam
- Matthew 19:16-22
- T or F- Good Teacher what must I do to have eternal life? (Am I saved?)
- Multiple Choice- What commandments have I kept? (All of the above)
- Essay- What do I still lack?
There was no identity there..he didn't have a name.
· Quick decisions without commitments.
· Salvation is the easy part. The hard part is Lordship and identity.
· 4 things as a youth leader, you can do:
1) Ask yourself, where can I find my identity? Your identity is/should not the number you have in service.
2) Check in on the identity-shaping world. John Stock- Dual listening
3) Confront the lies.
4) Nothing speaks louder than embodied truth.
- Walt Mueller -
· Identity = Lordship. What you find your identity is your god.
· 1 John 3.1
· Ask if there are any questions about what was said before the altar.
FROM YOUTH MINISTRY TO YOUTH IN MINISTRY
A short history and the current imbalance:
· Youth ministry is young itself (circa 1926 for the A/G). The era of youth specialists is even younger.\
· *Jesus Movement in 60s
· Youth ministry was originally understood as a movement of what youth do over and above what others do for youth (sacrificially oriented)
· Today's concept of youth ministry leans more toward what we do FOR youth than youth DOing ministry.
+Has created a mind-set of "get the youth ministry to raise me kids."
+Thus, a large percentage of churches don't think they can "afford" to have an effective youth ministry--much less have one at all
+12,333 churches; only 27% have a youth pastor, 49% have a volunteer youth leader; 24% don't report any active youth ministry
(2nd most staffed position in the A/G is the youth pastor.)
A BIBLICAL FOUNDATION:
· Mission Dei = Mission of God
· Youth ministry false view that youth ministry is all about youth. It's not all about youth, it's all about God
· Matthew 4.19 [Mark 1.17] is the mandate theology of youth-in-ministry
[+Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men]
*John was about 14 when Jesus called him; he was only 17 when he was the only one willing to stay at the cross.
· 2 Corinthians 5.17-21 and a lesson from history
*How many people need to know that they can start over?
"Be reconciled with God" = be in a right relationship w/ God (better description that "got saved")
"Gave us the ministry of reconciliation" = It's the responsibility of every believer
· Why wait? You go to the most stocked missions pond 5 days a week.
THREE PRIORITIES FOR YOUTH IN MINISTRY:
1) Belief in Christ (win)
2) Belonging with Christ ad His Body (build)
3) Boldness for Christ from the spirit (send)
Philemon 6 (If you think that the altar experience is the best part of being a Christ follower, then you are missing out on the joy of serving in ministry)
MAKING THE SHIFT
· Prioritize Biblical identity over image
***If necessary, consider a new identity that personfied youth-in-ministry
· Present the youth leader as pastor more than persona.
+Involve youth in ministry roles. Take the risk to develop and deploy their ministry gifts in addition to their servanthood.
+Don't just put on services and events. Put on ministry!
· Practice ministries that move youth in ministry
(Turnover in youth ministry is 22 months)
+Youth in ministry is a movement. We need to view the whole of our ministry as a process, a journey, a living-thing.
OUTCOMES OF YOUTH IN MINISTRY
· Identity over image
· Movement over institution
· Multiplication over addition
· Belonging over bling
· Purpose over program
· Disciple-making over passing through
Four connections teens need: God, family, church, their purpose