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Stephanie Caro's humorous, straightforward style keeps her busy presenting at conferences, training events, camps, mission trips, retreats, churches, etc. She is Senior Consultant for Ministry Architects and author of "Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches" and "99 Thoughts for the Smaller Church Youth Worker." Her next book, “Ten Solutions (to Ten Common Mistakes Small Churches Make)” comes out in 2015. Stephanie is a contributing author to several ministry resources in addition to her regular column “Smaller Church Youth Ministry” in Group Magazine. Stephanie and her husband, Steve, live in Houston, TX.

…he’d a been a good one.

If you don’t know who Tim Gunn is, then you’re not a fan-favorite of Project Runway. Its the one show I watch every week where I offer my family money for their 90-minute silence. Even the puppy wants in on the action.

Tim Gunn serves as a coach and mentor to the show’s fashion designers. Last week, my friend, Darren Sutton, and I were watching together through texting. After one brilliant moment on Tim’s part, Darren and I decided Tim had some good YP qualities. Here’s why:

1) He thinks ahead for the designer he’s mentoring – “Nina is not going to like that at all. You might want to re-think that look.” As youth pastors, its helpful for us to warn our students when we see them heading in the wrong direction.

2) He says the hard thing – “Is that the message you REALLY want to send to the judges?” Good coaches are willing to lovingly say what needs to be said.

3) He loves his designers. He cries almost every time one of them gets eliminated especially the further the season moves on. For us, we have to balance the coaching with plenty of transparent love sprinkled in.

4) He defends the designers. He disagrees with the judges on occasion and gives a back story of struggle when appropriate. Our lesson is to do the same and stand up for those we coach with a defense when needed.

5) He gives 2nd chances. This season, he had a save he could use to bring back when he felt the judges had made the wrong decision. Aren’t 2nd chances needed sometimes? Don’t they feel good when we get them and give them? They have to be given wisely, though.

6) He gives experienced advice. Those that take it usually get ahead. Those that don’t, well…lose. But he never says, “I told you so.”

7) He is such an encourager! “Make it work!” is his catch phrase.

OK, that’s all I got.

Stephanie

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