Listening to: Lotus by Secret Garden
So I’ve had this opinion for a long time, but never thought to blog about it. =D But now I has!
So my theory is incredibly simple. So simple I bet you’ve had this thought too, if you’re in a youth group.
It is: kids retain information far better when it’s given in a conversation rather than a lecture.
If my mother tells me what I have for school tomorrow, I will never remember. But if we discuss it, and maybe I pick some things I want to do, I end up remembering a lot more.
It’s very easy for me to tune out a lecture, sermon, or rant. I’ll listen to the first twentyish words, then I lose it and start writing in a notebook or my brain zones out completely. Honestly, most weeks I could not tell you what the youth group sermon was about the next day.
And you have to realize why people come to a youth group. Sometimes it’s not even to listen to the sermon or the music… sometimes it’s a desire to be heard and recognized, by peers or by adults.
We did something like this a long time ago on Sundays, a kind of group talk, but it was stopped a long time ago and I don’t know why.
So my suggestion is, make at LEAST a week out of the month a “discussion night.” I’m not saying let the group run wild, I’m saying to guide a discussion or even just ask questions of the group.
And I know it’s a power trip to be up front preaching, but maybe a better way to make people feel included would be to sit in a circle – make everyone feel like equals.
I, personally, would make EVERY week a discussion week, but I know a lot of preachers don’t like to give up preaching. ^_^
So make people feel like they belong, like they’re contributing, and most importantly, let them know people are listening.