As a part of my preparation, like a Borg attached to the collective, I've been assimilating all the advice I can gather about leading a youth group. I can tell you, it ain't cheerful reading. Youth work provides mental, psychological, physical, and spiritual downs, and I'll be lucky if I don't burn out within a year. Fantastic.
Of course, with that sort of advice under my belt, where can I go wrong? Too be honest, though, I have been amazed at the amount of pitfalls discussed in the books that I have already encountered. I've been confronted by the trying-to-please-everyone trap, with everyone telling me what I need to do and me saying 'yes, I'll get onto that'. I've already experienced the comparison pitfall, where one of my youth said 'The youth-group at such-and-such does it like this'. And this is all in just three weeks and with only meeting the youth three time, one of which was before I'd been hired.
I only took the job because I thought I'd have my own desk in the office, which I don't.
Quick Questions to readers:
- Is it blasphemous to say 'Holy Guacamole'?
- Have you been a part of a Christian (or even secular) youth-group and what was it like?