Two Words That Can Kill Your Youth MInistry

Awesome article in the Simply Youth Ministry Newsletter this week on the need for leaders to continue in the learning process.

Our first conversation was positive enough. But after our second visit, I had quickly learned Jack’s favorite two words: “I know.” Curiously, each “I know” was promptly followed by his failing to put into action the very principles we believed he already knew.

Within 6 months, Jack was moving on. His two-word mantra just didn’t work. It didn’t work with parents, with volunteers, and it especially didn’t work with his boss.

Over the past few years, I’ve been amazed at how many youth workers have simply stopped learning, other than attending conventions and reading articles that echo their own opinions. These “I know” leaders seem to fit the description of learning guru Edward DeBono: “…the only people who are very satisfied with their thinking skills are those poor thinkers who believe that the purpose of thinking is to prove yourself right.”


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