May 11 2019

This is a bonus just for the youth leader—a quick tip and an illustration to enhance your youth leadership. You may already know this idea, have learned it through trial and error, or just need a quick reminder.



It simply comes with the territory! Usually it will come from people older than the youth who “have heard something” and then jumped to their own conclusions, especially if it sounds like something different than what they like. Without being disrespectful, keep in mind that your target group is the young people, not the adults. They might have the youth as their target group as well, but for the purpose of the youth being just like the adults in all things. Come to agreement on deeper issues, such as the need for young people to praise God (just as older people need to praise God), rather than on superficial issues like the style of music or the instruments used. If it’s young people who criticize you, listen again for what’s behind the criticism rather than a superficial reading of the initial message. And remember you need to meet young people where they are.


Click below to download the Cornerstone Connections leader’s guide and student lesson. This week’s resources also include two lesson plans and a discussion starter video which offer different ways of looking at the topic. Each lesson plan includes opening activities, scripture passages, discussion questions, and real-life applications.


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