I am teaching a class this week at the SMU Perkins School of Youth Ministry called “Giving Them the Keys – Creating a Student-Led Ministry Culture.” The basic idea is that youth directors need to change the way they approach youth ministry altogether. Instead of youth directors creating programs for youth to attend, youth should be using their gifts and talents for ministry themselves. I believe students are fully capable and ready to do ministry and a youth director’s job should be to come alongside and coach youth into the youth’s own ministry.
I am having an amazing experience teaching, but what’s even cooler is the email I received this week from a high school senior named Lara. A little about her – Lara is one of the mentors in our pilot of Just One Starfish. This means that once a week Lara volunteers an hour or so to be a mentor and just spend life together as a positive role model for an at-risk upper elementary school girl. In her own right, Lara is a talented, amazing, wonderful young woman of God.
Lara is also one of the most talented young photographers I’ve ever met. With this post, I’m giving you a sneak preview of one of the most beautiful photo shoots I’ve ever seen. The model is Lara’s mentee with the “Just One Starfish” mentoring program.
I think you’ll agree – God is at work here transforming the lives of young people, one person at a time.
This just makes my heart smile and I had to share.