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When I was a student, I had several different role models in life. A youth worker, parents, coach, grandparents, teacher, and principal. The connection that all of these people had in my life besides me is that they were all Christians. But the even better fact is that the youth worker I admired knew and regularly talked to every one of them. In fact, I remember talking to my coach and teacher about his ministry and they had nothing but praise to say about them.
I know that I am a nerdy, introverted, tennis playing guy that relates well with the teenager that stands in the back of the room or the student who loves to play ping pong. What I do not do well is keeping up with middle school girls’ conversations, wrestling techniques, or the latest and greatest men’s and women’s fashion. If I did not have the people in my life that knew and were interested in these things, I could be alienating many students.
Youth for Christ has described Adults Who Empower as “We strategically develop leaders to reach young people from every people group.” In fact, YFC’s official slogan is to reach “every kid, one at a time.” It is IMPOSSIBLE for me to fulfill this mission without adults who are able to come alongside and support this ministry and God’s Kingdom. Let me repeat that Lone Ranger, IMPOSSIBLE.
So who are people that you can you reach and how can they empower teenagers?
Beyond training volunteers, how do you empower adults in your community?