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Is Your Youth Group Lame? It Depends.

I had a great conversation with a parents yesterday because we were on the same page (I know, shocking!), but she shared how her daughter and another came to them after a recent service and said that youth group that night was lame.

A little back story. This youth group has had everything handed to it. They have not had a youth pastor last longer than a year in the past five years. I am launching into year two. I have heard, and so have you, the words, “This group is lame.” But how do you know if it is or isn’t?

If you are doing all the planning, it’s lame

If you are not tapping into kids gifts and letting them fly, it’s lame.

If you are caving into the consumerism mentality of the spoiled few, it’s lame.

If you are not disciplining (discipling) your kids, it’s lame.

If you are trying to please everyone, it’s lame.

If Jesus is not the focus, it’s lame.

What is the opposite of lame? Do the opposite of the above things and find out.

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Paul lives in Birmingham, Al. with my wife and three great kids, two of which are teenagers. He has been a youth leader for 20 years.