Giving Students a Reputation to Grow Into

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Brian Summerall talks to youth leaders about how to partner with kids to help them grow in their faith.  Brian has been on staff at Young Life for over 25 years and is the Director of Ministry Strategy. He travels the country training staff and volunteers to reach more students in existing ministries. 

Brian said that students will make room for things they own. What do your students feel they "own" in your youth ministry outreach? How are you inspiring them now to own their spiritual journey?
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Brian also encouraged youth leaders to give students a reputation to grow into. He used the hockey analogy of skating to where the puck is going to be. Think of one of your students and where they have the potential to be. How can you lift the bar higher and encourage him/her to make Christ known?
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We have the awesome responsibility to help students know Christ and make Christ known. Get your youth leaders involved in coaching and encouraging students to own their faith. How will you utilize this inspiration to influence each of your students' lives in their own way throughout the year?
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Our students are in the school hallways, hangouts and gatherings—places we cannot go. Peer pressure can be a good thing when a "faith-full" student influences others for Christ. Take a look at this real-life story of two friends. 

Like the story of King David and Nathan, Kyle knew that he needed to be honest to save his friend's life. Your students can do the same. Let's raise the bar high! 

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