So, yesterday I asked folks to identify those in youth work and youth ministry who are the great teachers. Who are the leaders, whether currently in youth work or used to work with youth, who could lead discussions, give talks, facilitate small groups or trips, and just ‘know’ how to do it all in a way that connects with youth. When they taught (via a variety of methods), students learned.
I got one response.
Now, I am not sure how to interpret this one response. Was it a lack of interest? Of exposure? Sure, this blog isn’t the most widely-read, but I did have some strategic folks retweet, repost, and re-something the request. So, I was hopeful that people wanted to respond.
I am not sure how to sift the data. Is the one an outlier (but, I am thrilled to have the one. It was helpful!)? Do we not know who teaches well? Have we not seen that many youth workers in action? Or do we not value the skill of teaching?
So, I’m pressing on for another day with my request for a work-in-progress:
I am looking for local youth workers, youth pastors, and leaders (volunteer or vocational) who truly helped people learn. Who were those great leaders who just knew how to get students’ attention, how to generate deep conversations, or how to connect content that mattered to everyday realities? Maybe they led small groups, role plays, short-term missions, or lectured…. but people learned through their intentional teaching.
Maybe these great teachers were part of your life decades ago. Maybe you watched them in action last week. Whatever is the case, they would serve as your model to say to others, “THAT’s how you do it.” In an era where experience rules, these master teachers remind us of the core element – learning matters.
If you could help me out by answering these questions in a comment and then by passing this URL along to others, I would appreciate it.