What are the most important principles we need to teach our volunteers? That's what I asked in my survey. Youth Specialties' Mark Oestreicher responded. "I think all volunteers need basic training on how to connect with teenagers." I cannot begin...
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What are the most important principles we need to teach our volunteers? That's what I asked in my survey. Youth Specialties' Mark Oestreicher responded. "I think all volunteers need basic training on how to connect with teenagers." I cannot begin to count the amount of times youth workers have cornered me at a training workshops or events asking me about connecting with kids. In the hundreds of emails we receive through our website's Q & A page, we consistently find ourselves providing the same answer: "Have you tried getting with that kid one-on-one?" As I sit with youth workers and detail some of the ways I made relational ministry a priority in my own ministry, they take frantic notes, consuming the information like I'm providing the winning lottery numbers for the Sunday Quick-pick. As the same questions about relational ministry continued to surface again and again I set out to do some research on the topic. I surveyed youth workers out in the front lines that use our website as a resource, and I also asked a number of authors and youth ministry professors. But I didn't ask them about contacting... I just asked them all what the most important priorities should be in our ministry. I was surprised at the similarity of all the responses. The importance of connecting one-on-one kept rising to the top.
'In an age where teenagers are deeply engaged in virtual communities and social networks, they're still feeling alone and isolated. It may sound all too simple, but the truth is that you have the opportunity to make a profound impact on the lives of students with the simple act of spending time with them, one-on-one. Whether you're a volunteer or the lead youth pastor, getting some students to open up and share their lives can be a challenge. In this practical book you'll learn the importance of connecting with students on an individual basis and get helpful ideas on how to engage a variety of students in meaningful dialogue. You'll explore and learn more about connecting with six different types of students, including: * The 'No Way' Kid * The 'Not Interested' Kid * The 'Checking Things Out Kid' * The 'Stagnant' Kid * The 'Growing' Kid * The 'Looking for Ministry' Kid Connect will walk you through the steps to lead you into relationships with students that go beyond the youth room and impact them into adulthood.'
andnbsp;Jonathan McKee, president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of numerous books including Ministry By Teenagers, Connect, andandnbsp;the award winning book Do They Run When They See You Coming? Jonathan speaks and trains at conferences, churches and school assemblies, all while providing free resources for youth workers on his website, www.TheSource4YM.com. SPANISH BIO: Jonathan McKee es president y fundador de www.thesource4ym.comuno orgaizacion sin fines de lucro dedicado a proveer herramienas gratis para lideres jueveniles alrededor del muno. Jonathan comenzo su correro