The Bullied Youth Worker

Are you being bullied ? 

We are very concerned when a student is being bullied but would we notice if it was happening to us? As I hear stories from my students who have gone into youth ministry in the past 23 years, some have left because they felt bullied and were unprotected. Here are some of the ways that you may experience bullying in youth ministry and what you can do about it.

My Magical Christmas Eve

Two back to back exams, a failed youth party, and one of the most magical nights of my life!

It was the night before, the night before Christmas (Dec 23rd) and I was doing an all-nighter at the church, pouring over Psychology and Human Anthropology. Why in the world I schedule two 3 hour exams back to back on Christmas eve day is beyond me. I needed to get the two correspondence courses done before Christmas to complete my BA before I could begin my Masters in January. I had no idea what I was in for that day!

JOY! 3 Ways to Help Students Experience it!

“Dad!”

“I felt warm in my heart and so happy tonight when that student was sharing with me! It felt like I was doing the right thing! It felt so good!”

I was thrilled too as my daughter shared with me after youth night. My heart was also filled with joy!! I wished every parent, student and leader could feel this overwhelming sense of pure joy! Here are three ways that I believe we can help students experience JOY!

3 Things to Pursue… Instead of Adventure

They weren’t Looking for adventure…

…but as they pursued these 3 things adventure found them!

Whatever it was that motivated Jesus’ disciples, I doubt it was a thirst for thrills. Peter actually told Jesus to get away from him at first. The others were called and then called others to follow him. None of them give any indication that they were adrenaline junkies looking for the “next big thing.” In fact, I think if you look at this more closely, these are the things we should be using to inspire young people instead of thrills.