In a nutshell, I was saddened. I'm not surprised. As a High School student, I saw similar things. As I got older, I've seen worse. This year's VMA isn't ton's different than ones past. I mean, sure, there are ton's of comments and posts about different viewpoints regarding the show. If you are clueless to the 'Twerking' idea, you can check out CPYU's informative history and explanation on this. Click Here
There seems to be this huge cry regarding 'Love'. I think there always has and always will be. We can poke all we want at the VMAs and highlight much of the things that went on at this year's show. There is a ton of it. TheSource4YM gives a really clear overview of all the topics we can discuss. Click Here Am I excited about all of that, no. But this is what I know. Students will continue to cry out to be loved, regardless of their background. Sometimes because of their background.
Will will listen? Will we love on them? Will we remind them of the fact that they ARE loved? Who will express to them what they are capable of and even when they fail, what they still can be capable of? In the midst of all that goes on today, How can we better Explain and Express God's Love to them?
Kicking off the school year can be overwhelming not just for students, but also for parents as well as Youth workers. Juggling schedules, meeting with people, trying to keep commitments but at the same time, be flexible enough to ‘go with the flow’ when the unexpected happens.
How do we find time to budget everything? At the same time, how can we best maximize the resources, relationships and time that we have? As God calls us to be good stewards*, we want to follow through, but sometimes actually carrying that out can be a chore.
So how can we do better at this, for ourselves, our families, our ministries and our students?
1. Take Inventory.
Sometimes we easily bypass things simply because we don’t know what we have ** There have been times in the past where we would go an purchase supplies and the find out that either we had it somewhere else in the church. When we take note of all the things that we have, we save a good chunk of time and money from trying to figure it out later. 2. Maximize current resources It’s nice to be on the ‘cutting edge’. But beginning new programs and starting new ministries or developing special events can take up a great deal of time and resources. Putting on a multiday music festival can be a ton of fun, but the paperwork, stress levels, and logistical juggling are things most people don’t talk about and fewer can manage it.
3. Partner Up *** Sometimes it can be easy to get overwhelmed and feel alone, but when we partner up with others, it’s not only refreshing to know that you aren’t alone, but to be able to bounce ideas off others, to be encouraged, to pray and to blend resources or to join forces in events not only reduce stress, it also opens doors you might not have expected. Joint retreats/camps not only save money, but the relationships are not only good for you, it’s good for your coworkers as well as the kids. If you aren’t already connected, connect with other ministries in your church or connect with a network.
In talking about options to partner up, I have attached some general options to assist you in looking into options and minimizing your research. My commitment to you is to try to keep these letters down to less than two pages. If you have an event you would like to publicize or are looking for ministry resources, please don’t hesitate to contact me!