This year has really been about establishing a foundation in all areas of my life and this Think Week continues that theme. Day 2 is all about youth and college ministry.
Why This Focus?
Not long after moving to Alabama and joining my church, I started teaching high school students bible study. I had a lot of fun and just discovering how to teach the Word of God. It was a new experience and I’m not sure I took it as seriously as I do now.
I’ve always been super interested in history and the historical context around the Bible. I actually think having an analytical brain is what cemented my belief in God. I love the intersection between faith and science. After starting law school and really having to lean on God to get through, I started to deconstruct my experience as a middle schooler learning about God and how beneficial and detrimental it was. I’m an analytical person and sadly some Christians believe a kid asking hard questions isn’t a good thing. Some Christians have a hard time being honest if they don’t know something. I didn’t want to fall into those categories.
I think my experience in life in both sports and my faith led me to have a heart to teach teens and young adults and be real with them. So like any analytical person, I decided to read more on my faith and youth ministry. Think Week Day 2 is meant to give me both an overview of youth ministry in general and what youth ministers should know. A lot of what I can learn about in youth ministry can carry over to college ministry.
What Questions Will You Explore?
As I said in the Day 1 article, I want to have some questions in mind to help guide my thinking. I want to think deeply about the topic and my involvement.
The questions I will explore are:
- why do I want to be involved in youth and college ministry
- are apologetics necessary for ministry in the social media era
- what do I need to learn to be effective
The first question is kind of answered, but I think it’s important I write it down and really think deeply about all angles. Teaching anything has an added responsibility but teaching the Word of God is an added responsibility that I take super seriously.
The other two questions are things I want to explore more. I have an idea of what has been effective in the past two years but is there anything more. The flip side of that is understanding why some things aren’t effective.
I have a couple articles and a book I want to read. I didn’t source a lot of material for Day 2 because I think that as I read and think I may have more questions that develop. As I said, this week is really about setting a foundation, so while I may answer questions, I am sure I will leave with more questions. That’s the exciting part for me. The questions I leave with will certainly help with conversations I later have, podcasts I will listen to, youtube videos I watch, and books I read until the next think week.
The articles and book I plan to read are listed below:
- “Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry” Doug Fields
As I said multiple times, Think Week is about building a foundation. Well, my theme for this year and in turn my Think Week is building a foundation. Day 2 allows me to do this in an area where I can serve the next generation. Day 2 is a lot like Day 1, where there will be more thinking and writing than reading. To reiterate, Think Week is not meant to be a vacation. I view it more as a working week but am focused on growing a base knowledge of a topic. I expect a lot of notes I will use for years that come from Day 2.