What is the Church’s Role in Teaching Teens About Social Media?

What is the Church’s Role in Teaching Teens About Social Media?

Much can be said about the way social media is used by young people today—and it’s not always favorable. From cyber bullying to catfishing, there is a lot to be wary of, for sure. But it’s not all bad! Especially when it’s used appropriately. So where does the church exist in all of this? How can we come alongside families to help teach teens about healthy social media usage?   Offer a social media class.  Pull together some resources and some experts in this field from those... Read More
How to Let Go of Control and Trust Your Team 

How to Let Go of Control and Trust Your Team 

I used to work at a very interesting place. The technical term for it was, Therapeutic Boarding School. This was a place where 12- to 18-year-olds with extreme behavioral issues were sent to get help when there was no other option. They would stay with us for two years while going to school and learning to interact with society as a whole. The process was organized in peer groups of about 12 to 15 teens with two counselors, one female and one male. I was one of the counselors. The idea was to... Read More
Social Media Tips for Leaders

Social Media Tips for Leaders

Social media is a great tool for student ministers. At almost any time of the day, a youth leader can interact with their student. Whether it is reminding them of a youth event, following up on a life event, or tagging the youth kids in a humorous meme, it is a tool to maintain contact throughout the week. Social media is a big part of the lives of this generation and therefore must be important to those that are their leaders.   Be Aware of the Dangers As helpful as social media is for... Read More
Footprints on the Screen: Talking to Your Students About Social Media

Footprints on the Screen: Talking to Your Students About Social Media

Twitter ruined my life.  You may think this sounds a little dramatic, but the sad truth is that one momentarily lapse in judgment on Twitter drastically altered a young PR Exec’s life this past December. Before a long international flight, she posted an off-color tweet that resulted in a flood of online retaliation (we’re talking thousands of people), the loss of her job, and the deactivation of her entire online presence. If you haven’t heard the story, you can read more about it here. One... Read More