I saw this over on Doug Fields’ site.  I like this not just because he has a great understanding of youth ministry but he also writes from the perspective of being a dad of 3 young people who have gone through a youth ministry:

  1. Another significant adult is caring for them and cheering them on.
  2. They are encouraged to grow spiritually on their own by someone other than mom/dad.
  3. They find support during turbulent times in their life.
  4. A caring presence at their sporting events or key activities.
  5. Someone who is excited to see them at church.
  6. Someone actually notices and misses them when they’re not at church or small group.
  7. A caring friend leaves them affirming voice messages: “I was just thinking of you and wanted to let you know I think you’re the greatest.”
  8. They can serve as a “neutral adult” who doesn’t freak-out over bad grades.
  9. They have a “safe” person to talk to.
  10. The small group leader becomes a tender, yet truthful voice when they need a little correcting.
Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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