Here are my thoughts on the Jan-Feb GROUP magazine:
Something I liked: I enjoyed reading through Rick Lawrence and Mark DeVries article “The Monster-Magnet Ministry.” There was a lot of great thoughts and ideas for me to think through. The fourth idea of what makes a youth group an extraordinarily welcoming climate was very good. “Kids don’t really feel welcomed until it comes from other kids.” This made me really think about how do we help middle school youth feel comfortable making new/other kids comfortable in our group?
???: Kurt Johnston’s 3 teaching categories are wonderfully simple (I like that) but he talks about “felt needs” by saying “we simply put a wet finger in the wind to see which way it’s blowing..” to find out what are some felt needs middle school kids are feeling. I really don’t know what that “wet finger” is or what the “wind” is?
Key Statement: This is a great thought from Rick and Mark’s “The Monster-Magnet Ministry,” “We’ll feel awkward so you don’t have to.” Used that thought at our last retreat and it stuck for a number of our kids.
Creative idea: Rick Lawrence shared an idea from InterVarsity called Hands-On that I was able to modify for our last retreat.