I love youth ministry. I’ve devoted a huge part of my life to teaching the Bible to teenagers. People who minister to youth tend to be a different breed than other ministers. And of course there are certain stereotypes. While I’m a big fan of going against type and encouraging older, more mature Christians to work in youth ministry, sometimes the stereotypes are just plain fun.
Stuff Christians Like is a site I link to a fair bit. That’s because it makes me laugh. Here’s something that makes me laugh greatly – The Youth Minister Scorecard. As I go through the list, I know these people. I’ve either experienced these things or know someone who has.
I scored a 90.
What about you, fellow youth ministers? What did you score?
1 Corinthians 12 lists prophecy as one of the gifts of the Spirit. What is prophecy? Is it predicting the future or something greater? Is it a gift that is still available today or was it limited to a certain time period? If you’re not careful, you’re understanding of prophecy can lead you in some dodgy directions.
It can also leave you looking stupid.
A few weeks ago, The Beast died. The Beast was my first desktop PC I bought when I moved out of home. He had done me well over the last few years, but in the days leading up to his death, I could tell it was time to move on. He was struggling to perform simple tasks and really, really struggled when I asked him to do something complicated like creating graphics or making movies. Last week, I placed an order for a new machine. I wanted to make sure that everything inside the box would cope with the work out I wanted to give it. I paid so much attention to the insides, that I didn’t really put any consideration into what it would look like.
Used to be a time when you gave your boss your notice that you were leaving in writing. Now it seems that creating a video game and embedding your notice of resignation in the game is a valid option. Who’d of thunk it?
What other things could we use video games to communicate? Garage sales? Birthday parties? Marriage proposals?
What about gospel uses?
Check out this quiz at Stuff Christians Like to find out if you’re the kind of youth leader who’s a good cop or a bad cop.
It’s funny stuff. The problem is I love being the bad cop leader. I love being the one at 2 O’clock in the morning standing in the middle of the boys room with a mag lite telling them that they will stop talking and they will go to sleep. Yet I scored a 100% good cop rating on the quiz. Is there anyone else out there who balances mischeivious with authoritarian?
Have you ever thought to yourself “If I wrote the Bible, there would be a lot more zombies in there”? Well here’s your chance. Head on over to the Stinque Zombie Bible and put your flesh-eating-walking corpse stamp on the Word of God.
Not that I’m condoning this kind of blasphemy. But if they ever add in pirates and ninjas, I’m not sure I could handle the awesomeness.