If there is one thing I’ve learned over the 19+ years of being in student ministry, it’s that we can never stop being a student. What I mean by that is exactly what Kurt and Josh talked about this week: being a student of the culture around us. So much has changed since I started in the early 1990’s…wow I am old! I don’t know how I would have handled what today’s student deals with in the fast-paced culture we live in. With today’s technology it definitely has helped in packing for trips!
I loved the ideas/tips they shared on how we can connect with the culture of students today. It is vitally important that we understand and know what our students are dealing with in order to minister effectively to them. We will not be able to do this by ignoring and hoping it goes away—or just plain old denying it because we don’t like it.
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Tapping into resources from culture gurus like Walt Mueller and CPYU is also helpful, but my encouragement to us as youth workers is to continue to be a student. Take some of the ideas and put them into practice and see what will fit into who you are as a person. One mistake that I see from youth workers is to be too much like the students they serve in the way they dress, act, etc. in order to be “culturally relevant.