Youth ministry continues to evolve from doing things FOR youth to doing things WITH youth. That shared experience in creating something together is more life-changing than any program we can create.
One youth pastor shared how they began creating baking YouTube videos. Now, via Zoom, some of their youth group bake together. While it usually takes much longer than doing it by herself, they share how the youth are impacted in several ways: in creating shared memories, developing (baking) skills and building trust with each other.
As things continue to re-open at your church property, continue seeking ways youth can participate in creating experiences with you. Delegating meaningful roles gives deeper ownership. You may even want to include some youth (or brainstorm with the group as a whole) in making recommendations on what the re-opening plan looks like.
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