The Beatles’ song Eight Days a Week referenced that they were working so hard, they were working eight days a week. This always seemed like a potential theme song for youth ministers to me. Here continues a weekly series to serve you over your next eight days with eight notes and sets of links for your information and formation. Pass these along in your e-newsletters (and offer Project YM a little love in the process, please.)
- Andrew Root’s book Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker hits the bookshelves next month. Upcoming conversations in youth ministry might include how this early 1900’s German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and author of The Cost of Discipleship also proposed eight thesis on youth ministry which included that “Youth enjoys no special privilege in the church-community.” Stay tuned!
- Speaking of game changers… how often do we in catholic youth ministry speak of conversion?
- Our title image above comes from the 2013 edition of Burning Man that recently popped up on my screen. Our poster meme adds a quote credited to George Iles to the same pic. (right click to print, save, or post it and share!)
- Regarding parents, Wayne Rice offers 10 reasons why they should be involved, Aaron Crumbey suggests 4 misconceptions we make about them and then has a video conversation with Kurt Johnson on parents, and, finally, Chris Wesley has advice about getting parental buy-in.
- Sometimes, when faced with antagonism, it might help to consider the Pharisee-like motivations of the opposition.
- In a related matter, how might you better handle office politics?
- Here’s an encouraging message to enjoy the view as you are trekking through life; reminding us to commit our steps less to worry and more towards wonder.
- Always remember that both we and God are full of awe and wonder about your service as a youth minister and, for you, we Ain’t got nothing but love, babe, eight days a week.