The Trend of Unplugging--Be an Early Adaptor

Originally published September 15, 2010.

An opinion from Newsweek writer, Daniel Lyons:  “The Internet just keeps giving us more ways to do nothing.  We have more information than ever before. We're never away from it. The air around us fairly hums with it. Computers are all around us too—they're on our desks, in our pockets, on our coffee tables.

“And yet I can't shake the sense that we are all becoming stupider and stupider—and that we are, on average, less well informed today than we were a generation ago.

“I mean, look at us, lining up outside Apple stores like a bunch of kooks. Or walking around, staring down at our phones. We've been turned into zombie people.

Mythbuster #1-4

Originally published in 2006.

I am no Adam Savage or Jamie Hyneman, real Mythbusters.  No cast models or explosives were used in this Pair of Cleats.  This is just some quotes and some of my thoughts to blow up these youth ministry myths.  However it is up to you to declare each myth as “Busted”, “Plausible”, or “Confirmed” as you follow what God leads you to do in your own youth ministry.

Myth #1 – Program-centered youth ministry is what is wrong with youth ministry.

Since Youth Specialties came out and apologized for their role in attractional youth ministry, the ire has been released from youth workers blaming programming for what is wrong with youth ministry.  I appreciate Marko’s and Youth Specialties’ apology and the discussion it brought up.  Something is wrong with attractional youth ministry but is something really wrong with programs?

Mythbuster #5-7

I am no Adam Savage or Jamie Hyneman, real Mythbusters.  No cast models or explosives were used in this Pair of Cleats.  This is just some quotes and some of my thoughts to blow up these youth ministry myths.  However it is up to you to declare each myth as “Busted”, “Plausible”, or “Confirmed” as you follow what God leads you to do in your own youth ministry.

Myth #5 – With proper planning, I can grow my youth group.

I am going to draw on my veteran-status (I’m not young and hip anymore either) for this one.  From my years of involvement and networking, there is very little we can do to make a youth group grow.  We can read the books, attend the seminars, change our programming (because we do program), and implement ideas we glean from other youth ministers which may make our youth ministries better.  But better doesn’t mean growth.  Growth just happens.

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