youth ministry, i often joke, is the art not of creation but of recreation. a good youth pastor doesn’t make everything from scratch but learns to beg, borrow, and borrow unbeknownst to the owner (some call this stealing). many of my best ideas are other people’s. the good thing about the youth ministry community is that most of us want everyone else to succeed, so we’re more than happy to share. in this vein, i thought it’d be helpful to try and post, once a week (or so), a resource that i’ve found to be helpful, interesting, or otherwise noteworthy. i’ve tentatively titled these “YM Handy Dandy Helpers.” and this is post #1…
one of the topics that youth most often face on a day-to-day basis is the issue of failure. while we all fail a fair amount in life, many youth have been relatively protected from failure up to this point in life where they start receiving more responsibility and independence. facing failure weaves itself into many of my talks & thoughts, as it connects with integrity, grace, hope, independence, and so many other youth related themes.
i recently came across a site, aptly titled FAIL Blog, that collects pictures and videos of people’s failures. It’s a rather impressive, if discouraging conglomeration. i can think of all sorts of handy ways to use these as openers, discussion starters, or just something to break up the lesson. please note that there is a large variety of failures on this site, many that would not be appropriate for use in youth ministry (and some that just are really appropriate at all). but, with some careful choices, i think you’ll find this site both funny and full of helpful illustrations.