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Crash Course In Youth Ministry p2

April 7, 2010

Here is the last part of my notes that I used during a training/ talk I gave to myself and the rest of my youth leader team.

Open your mouth

You have to say something… anything.

You have to open communication lines

  • Ask how their day was?
  • How was school?
  • How many brothers and sisters do they have?

Fight the temptation to just to adults.

You never build relationships without spending time together.

Going to feel awkward at times, but every relationship does feel that way.

Grace, Respect and Approval

  • We always extend grace…ALWAYS.
  • They will never respect you, until you respect them.
  • I think we are seeing ourselves as crowd control… we walk a fine line between bouncers and friends. Error on the side of friends/ fathers and mothers.
  • We will accept anyone and everyone.
  • We accept them without giving it a second thought, but we are not going to approve of their behavior.
  • You can only disapprove of behavior IF you have built a platform to stand on.
  • Not looking to for moral modification… it doesn’t exist.
  • We are looking to show people Jesus, and then have Jesus change people’s lives.
  • Our goal is to exalt Jesus, show them Jesus, and then Jesus will change their lives.


  • There are hurting people and then there are people who are just trying to be a distraction.
  • Let the Holy Spirit help you decide how to handle a situation.
  • Don’t shut them down because they seem like they are shutting you down.  If we do that we fail.
  • If we are not sensitive to the Holy Spirit then we lose the moments He is creating for us.
  • Listen, see and react.
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    2 Comments leave one →
    1. April 7, 2010 1:01 pm

      You have any video of you doing this?
      I think it would be a good video teaching/training resource.

      • Benjamin Davis permalink*
        April 7, 2010 1:59 pm

        No I don’t at the current moment. Maybe one day. I need video camera and really I think I need to be cooler to do training videos haha jkjk but seriously I am not cool enough

        Thanks for the encouragement bro

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