Teaching Youth to Shine

“Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” (Philippians 2:15)

Guest author:  Steven Turner

Made in the image of God, we are created to shine.  In our ministry to teens do we equip them to shine or give them the bushel to hide their lights?

I started asking this question because of something that happened at school. (I teach at a public high school)  Recently, a senior asked me to fill out a standard reference form that guidance counselors use to prepare college recommendations.

The Wild Frontier Youth Ministry Paradigm

Originally published June 2005.

Wild Frontier began 15 years ago with a call on my heart which was already seven years old and a nagging gut feeling that youth ministry could be done better, done differently. I was inspired by a Randy Stonehill song, "Out on the Wild Frontier," (my inspiration and accomplishments have blessed him too) and a quote "Every other human being has no choice but to bow to their human limitations. Only believers can draw upon God's supernatural power to live beyond their limits." These are the hallmarks of my personal life which pour into my professional life.

I could go on and on about what I have discovered in my journey. In fact, I have over the last fifteen years, in the Pair of Cleats issues. But I thought I would surmise all of my random thoughts into one working document. It is a working document because I am no where near done with this journey.

Along the Way

Originally published March 2004.

John 14:27-31 (CEV) - "I give you peace, the kind of peace that only I can give. It isn't like the peace that this world can give. So don't be worried or afraid. You have already heard me say that I am going and that I will also come back to you. If you really love me, you should be glad that I am going back to the Father, because He is greater than I am. I am telling you this before I leave, so that when it does happen, you will have faith in me. I cannot speak with you much longer, because the ruler of this world is coming. But he has no power over Me. I obey my Father, so that everyone in the world might know that I love Him. It is time for us to go now."

It is time for us to go now. Jesus taught the disciples along the way. They didn't get seminars or conferences. Sometimes they got boat times or sit-down times to learn. But often, it appears, that they were walking and learning. Jesus would walk, see a situation and teach. Jesus saw wheatfields and that became a lesson. Jesus saw a blindman and asked His disciples who is at fault for this man being born blind. The disciples learned something and the man was healed.