Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Resource Wednesday

Sometimes, the most difficult things about being a youth worker is not the tears, the misbehaviour, the constant noise and mess. It's the questions. You get questions on the reliability of the Bible, eschatology, and how do we know Jesus was real. It's these moments as a youth worker that your heart really sinks. You feel the youth groups eyes on you, you co-leaders are waiting expectantly. You murmur some half-hashed answer and think why aren't there easily accessible resources for these types of questions.

It would be really helpful if there was a apologetics website that contained short, understandable articles, videos and soundbites. Perhaps it would contain articles about suffering, truth and culture, written by people such as Amy Orr-Ewing and Michael Ramsden? But, surely that is just a dream, a youth workers fantasy? is UCCF's apologetics website. It's crammed full of articles, film reviews, videos of lectures, recordings of talks. It's good for youth workers, as it equips you with answers for those questions. But also, you can refer the teenagers to it and get them to start finding the answers to their questions.

As it's aimed at Christian students, some of the topics may go over the head of your teens. But probably not the ones who think enough to ask those type of questions. So, you can breathe a sigh of relief as you say, "Well, why don't you find the answer yourself. Go to and come back with what you find." Most likely they'll forget your advice and you'll never have to think about it again.

Quick Questions
  1. What's your method of sweeping difficult questions under the rug?
  2. If you say you'll get back to someone with the answer, do you?
  3. What questions do you have? What do you want to know?

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