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It’s no secret by now that youth workers’ dirty little secret is that they don’t study the Bible. This issue isn’t limited to a particular denomination or group. From mainliners who don’t pick up the Bible to evangelical fundies who like cherry picking, the Bible is neglected, and I think in large part it is because of where we, as youth workers, start.
Youth workers typically start in two places and as you’d guess, neither of them are the Bible. One of the starting points for youth workers is the good ol’ curriculum. We’ve invested anywhere from $30-$499 of the church’s money on these bad boys. We’ve gone to a conference or workshop and picked them up. We believe that this one is the next best thing that our youth group needs to catapult it to the next level (or get it out of the gutter). With our confidence in our curriculum and our lack of confidence in our role as pastor/teacher/disciplemaker of teens, we spend a majority of our time in preparation for youth group with our fancy curriculum.
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Another one of the starting points for youth workers is “the big idea.” There are those youth workers among us who are dreamers, visionaries, entrepreneurial adventurers. They eat, drink and sleep ideas; wonderful and mind blowing ideas. They can’t get enough of them because they get their energy and passion from these ideas. And they collect them everywhere they go. In conversations with other youth workers, from books, videos online, comic movies, the latest meme, at big fancy conferences and from experts in other fields, youth workers who love the next great idea start here and typically stay here. Sometimes, they will get the feeling that they need to mention the Bible, so off to a quick Biblegateway search or Bible app...
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