Kevin Mahaffy Jr. is a child of God, follower of Jesus, husband to Adriana, father to his two daughters, veteran youth pastor, author, speaker, novice painter, Yankees fan, readaholic, Starbucks junkie, Krispy Kreme addict, the 6th man in 1 Direction, and blogger. He also exercises a lot. But he eats a lot too, so you can't tell he exercises a lot.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Passing It On: Shaping a New Generation of Youth Workers
Last month I experienced one of the greatest joys of my youth ministry career. I was able to bring two of my former students - Ren Jainarine and Michael Fenimore - onto our student ministry staff at Shelter Rock Church. It's always been my passion to see the young people I have the privilege of investing in through their middle and high school years serving God wholeheartedly as adults, and to now be serving shoulder-to-shoulder with these fine young men is a dream come true. Today as we met for our weekly connection, we cracked open the book that was so helpful in shaping me as a young youth pastor and began reading and discussing it together. Not only is it a great read for them as they are beginning in youth ministry, it is also a great reminder for me. I realized in just the first chapter where I have wandered a bit from some of my guiding principles, and I felt so challenged to get back to the basics of good, healthy youth ministry. Whatever role you play in youth ministry, if you've never read it, or if it's been a while, do yourself a favor and pick up Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry by Doug Fields. It's so great!