Will you?

I love this postcard! I can’t remember the exact context but it came from a web site that encouraged people to send in cards that expressed their confessions, thoughts or hopes. This one is kind of sad but beautiful and hopeful at the same time I think.
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I got me thinking about teenagers we work with and I wondered what their postcards might be? (in fact next time I work with a group I’m SO going to do something similar!)
Reflecting on teenagers I’ve worked with though and my own experiences I wondered what they might ‘ask’ about who we are as youth ministers?
? Will you be THE PerSon WHO wants tO KNOW and like who I REALLY AM and be the Adult Friend who takes ME SERIOUSLY ?

5 Replies to “Will you?”

  1. it’s from postsecret (http://postsecret.blogspot.com) where new cards are posted each week. Many are shocking, sad or disturbing (and unsuitable for younger teenagers), but there are also hopeful, exciting and positive entries too. All are thought provoking and it’s worth checking out the site each week!

  2. That’s a good question. I wonder what the teens would say if we gave them the opportunity to make their own postcard.
    Actually, it’s given me an idea for our next youth retreat.

  3. Just a hesitation of an obsevration which leads to a rather awkward question – but if you go down the ‘friend’ route are you not selling short on some ‘authority’ – moral or otherwise? and in a sense be in a weaker position to give advice?

  4. In anwser to the awkward question ……
    No, at least, I don’t think so. An understanding of boundaries is alays going to be important however a friendship approach, an equality of power is important in my mind. Plus it’s an approach that we see in Jesus to the Disciples,
    “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you”

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