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December 11, 2008

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Ted Voigt

Hey mike,
thanks for that post, it really puts some things I´ve been thinking about lately into perspective. A few months ago I left my full time youth pastor job in KCMO to do volunteer mission work, and as the end of my volunteer time is nearing I find my self rethinking my involvement in youth ministry. I´m reading The Blue Parakeet right now as well, and feeling very convicted that to be a better youth minister I need to be a better listener. I also feel like that might be harder to do while employed by the church as "youth pastor," and so I´m looking at other career paths in order to be faithful to the ministry I am called to. I don´t know whether that feeling is because of my lack of listening skills or because there is something inherent about "church staff" that makes people less willing to share their stories without sensoring them.

thanks again for your insights. you´re always an encouragement!

Ted Voigt

Hey mike,
thanks for that post, it really puts some things I´ve been thinking about lately into perspective. A few months ago I left my full time youth pastor job in KCMO to do volunteer mission work, and as the end of my volunteer time is nearing I find my self rethinking my involvement in youth ministry. I´m reading The Blue Parakeet right now as well, and feeling very convicted that to be a better youth minister I need to be a better listener. I also feel like that might be harder to do while employed by the church as "youth pastor," and so I´m looking at other career paths in order to be faithful to the ministry I am called to. I don´t know whether that feeling is because of my lack of listening skills or because there is something inherent about "church staff" that makes people less willing to share their stories without sensoring them.

thanks again for your insights. you´re always an encouragement!

Jeff King

Mike:
Interesting post. Do you have any recommendations for primers on Narrative Therapy?

Larry

Narrative therapy? If you're interested in Narrative theology, particularly as it applies to hermeneutics, try The Last Word by N.T. Wright. Christopher Wright's The Mission of God is also supposed to be very good, but I haven't read it yet, its on my stack.

Erik Leafblad

I still say one of the best primers on Narrative Theology is a short, but amazing, book by Lesslie Newbigin entitled, "A Walk Through the Bible." Brilliant in its simplicity.

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