youth ministry dating relationships

Youth ministry dating relationships

Ruth 1-2 “Love Connection: Don’t Play The Dating Game” https:///2009/05/15/storyline-44-ruth-1-2-dont-play-the-dating-game/

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GET PDF OF THIS BLOG POST It’s one of the most yucky things that any youth worker gets to navigate. Two of the students in your youth group are dating. Things are going fine. And then they break up. What happens after that? At best, it’s a recipe for several

Ruth 1-2 “Love Connection: Don’t Play The Dating Game” https:///2009/05/15/storyline-44-ruth-1-2-dont-play-the-dating-game/

Singles in youth ministry face different expectations than their married counterparts. A young, single person without the responsibilities of a spouse or children must have more flexibility in their schedule, right? Actually the need to maintain friendships and family is not unique to the married or with kids crowd. Obviously children and a married relationship require different amounts of energy and availability. However, a young, single person can felt taken advantage of because others assume they can put personal needs on the back burner for the sake of church responsibilities. Sacrificing personal time, or the maintenance of family and friend relationships, can be a dangerous expectation of a young single leading ministry. Also, if a single youth minister starts dating, and they are pursuing a career track leading to itinerancy, that can hamper the development of a romantic relationship.

Let’s do an experiment: I want you to think of the single most influential person in your life when you were a teen. If you are thinking of more than one person, quickly narrow it down to one just for this exercise. Now, if you are like many youth workers I am privileged to lead on a regular basis, the one person you are probably thinking of from your teen years is an adult. Hal Hamilton taught me that "a student will gravitate toward the oldest person who will take them seriously." I have found that to be the case.

AR: That’s the point of both books, is to try to draw that contrast. Last time I tried to argue that we’ve tended to see youth ministry as for influence, to try to influence kids toward some end. The reimagining of it is to think of it as place-sharing, which is a concept that I stole from Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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