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Warning: This Post Might Result In Some Strategic Thinking

I mentioned in a recent blog post how much Imenjoyed the movie Money Ball. Well, over at his blog D.Scott Miller takes the main them of the movie (re-defining the skills needed by players to build a winning team)and applies it to youth ministry. It is a GREAT post! You don’t need to have seen the movie to benefit from his thinking. Here’s your assignment: go read his post, and think about these questions:

1. Do you agree with his assessment of the 5 basic skills He described that are currently needed by youth workers?

2. Do these skills change from context to context? Do they change for those of us who work with junior highers?

3. Do you think the 5 new skills he described are the skills for the future? Again, how do they change from context to context and in different age groups?

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Kurt Johnston has been involved in junior high ministry since 1988 and is currently the junior high pastor at Saddleback Church in Southern California. He's the author of Controlled Chaos: Making Sense of Junior High Ministry and Go Team! He loves providing resources for junior high ministry almost as much as he loves junior highers themselves.