We are just getting into Crazy Love in the Young Adults class I lead. Tonight was Chapter 3, which I feel is the key to the entire book. Chapters 1&2 are nice but not required to grasp the book. They set the stage for why we should love God but Chapter 3 explains it. If you don’t get this concept then you will fall into the idea that the book is promoting a works based theology. That isn’t it at all though.
That said I am kind of disappointed in the discussion on the chapter tonight. I was really hoping that there would be some good talk but I had to really coax anything out. I’m not sure how to encourage more discussion in the group. Tonight I suggested they take notes while reading so they can talk about it instead of trying to think on the spot. Hopefully that will help.
On Monday I met with other Youth Pastors and started planning out several of our summer events. Pretty much every other week is something this summer. I’m not even sure how we will get through it all to be honest. On the upside we will be working together so no one of us will need to bear the entire burden and that is pretty awesome.
At some point during all of this we are suppose to have a 2 week vacation to visit my in-laws. This is one of those vacations that I will likely need a vacation to recover from.
After the summer I’ll be starting my graduate program.
Needless to say I have a lot going on, but there are a ton of awesome resources for Youth workers that are crazy busy. A really good one is Youth Specialties. Check out the community link and free resources. That is where it is at. They have so much stuff available for free to help you get started. Most of those things recommend or even require their books and such, but if you don’t want to buy or cannot buy take what they offer and you will be way ahead of the game. If you can buy then support them so they can continue to make so much available for free.