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.)
- John Maxwell reminds us that you can be a leader, no matter your title or whatever. An important read worth sharing.
- Being a leader, however, is not a rationale for entitlement.
- Even youth can lead! Our title image above and our weekly poster both celebrate Malala Yousafzai, youngest recipient ever of the Nobel Peace Prize. The poster quote is from a speech at Harvard last year. (left click to enlarge, right click to print, save, or post it and share!)
- Church giving dropped to 2.2 percent of members’ incomes, the lowest percentage since 1968. Are we asking enough of rich Christians on behalf of the poor? Meanwhile, do churches need a new giving model?
- In a post related to stewardship, we asked what we can learn from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and what might be applied towards our work in Discipleship.
- Have you seen the list of 15 youth group clichés? Hopefully, we are aiming for deeper than cliché level.
- Commonweal offers a review of Christian Smith’s Young Catholic America. Want it quick in dirty? “In this discouraging book, the future looks bad for just about every flavor of Catholic.”
- When the going looks to get tough, know as a youth minister that, for you, we ain’t got nothing but love, babe, eight days a week. Now, let the tough get going!