In this episode, Dr. Terry Linhart shares some of his experiences with teaching in youth ministry as well as thoughts from his book The Self-Aware Leader. From years of ministry experience in the local church and as a faculty member at Bethel University, Terry is able to speak to the current state of teaching in youth ministry as well how self-awareness effects those leading in family ministry.
Dr. Terry Linhart
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Talking about being self-aware:
- People develop patterns and preferences over time; we just need to be open to identifying these things
- Dramatic identity stages in the 20s – and it's hard to get them all together
- married people
- those who went to college and those who did not
- people with kids
- Areas where there is a common lack of self-awareness
- People who are forward-thinking/moving tend to have a harder time looking back and seeing and helping those around them
- Barna Data: approximately 7 our of 10 lead pastors tend to steer away from caring for their staff/teams
- Must be careful not to become too similar to a CEO where you just move things forward
- Emotions involved in self-awareness
- When we have an emotional reaction to something, we should take a “reactions selfie”
- Ask the questions: Why did I react that way?
The State of Teaching in Youth Ministry
- Need for teaching to be rooted in discipleship
- Need to be student-centered and lean more into the relational aspect of ministry
- Concern – we can be all “minds-on” without being “hand-on” or “hearts-on”
- Pivots student ministry leaders should make in regard to disciplining students
- Consider art – program expressions of worship and enhance experiences through art/video/creative elements
- Provide opportunities for your introverts
- Teaching – teach in the 7s, vary what you do
- Do 7 different things and change every 7 minutes
- Virtually – program in the 7s, rather than full 30+ minute teachings
- Link everything together
- Something to consider… changing methods does not mean the quality of content changes as well (example: panel discussions)
- Get the book, read it, and journal – The Self-Aware Leader
- Push creativity among students
- Q's to answer before teaching – Why should these people actively participate in this learning experience with me right now?
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