Marko blogged this, and I thought it was great so am reposting it here completely, especially since November seems to be the month for youth work training events in the UK:

love this list from steve argue about how to make the most of the convention. very closely lines up with what i share in the opening session.

    • Go to a seminar you disagree with… to understand.
    • Sit in a different spot each session… try to see from another perspective.
    • Talk with someone different than you… to learn.
    • Seek out a youth workder half your age or twice your age… buy them coffee.
    • Spend time being quiet… resist perpetuating busyness in your life.
    • Sleep in or stay up late… jolt your natural schedule.
    • Support local restaurants, avoid places you could eat at from home.
    • Take the long way… let go of efficiency.
    • Summarize your notes… share them with someone when you get home.
    • Walk around the block.
    • Don’t say you’ve been in St. Louis until you’ve done so.
    • Sing nothing during worship… listen as though you were hearing the words for the first time.
    • Share with someone what the Spirit was saying to you as you listened throughout the plenary gathering… avoid critiquing the message.
    • Embrace a quote of the day, image of the day, song of the day, surprise of the day, conversation of the day. Journal them.
    • Avoid at all costs saying, “When I was here last time…”

Chris
cskidd1983@gmail.com
Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

0 thoughts on “Young adults leaving youth ministry”

  1. I think a big step in the right direction is to include children, teenagers, and young adults in the church community at a significant level. There’s a place for age-oriented groups, but when these groups turn into mini-congregations, it makes it more difficult for teenagers and young adults to move on to another church and find their place in the Body of Christ.

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