The Source for Youth Ministry



Jonathan and David sit down with Rob Maxey to pick his brain about doing effective outreach ministry tounchurched teens in the Sacramento area. In the last podcast (Part 1) we heard a lot about Rob's ministryand his methodology. Now Rob is sharing with us the SEVEN SINS of visiting kids on campus.

Jonathan: Hey, share with us Sin #3.

Rob: I think Sin #3 is to not be aware of your school culture. Or to not be aware of the dance thatjust took place, to not be aware that you have a winning football team, to not be aware that your schoolhas a great band.

Every school has its own culture, and so as I'm beginning new conversations with students, I want them tobe aware that I know ‘Hey, were you at the game on Friday night? Man, I can't believe our undefeatedseason continues. We're 11-0.' Or ‘Can you believe the dance show? Wasn't that a great thing?'Or even ‘What did you think about 21 suspensions at the dance?' And so immediately, they know thatyou're engaged with their culture, you know what's going on, you're not perhaps, the typical parent, because‘How do you know that? My parents don't know that stuff!'

So, I think that you're meeting them at their level, and it gives you an area of commonality that you cantalk about right away. So, the affirmative is to BE AWARE of the school culture and be prepared. Check thefootball score; see how the water polo team is doing.

Jonathan: How do you do that? How do you stay aware of that stuff? Obviously, you probably attendthe football games. But is that just checking in with the office or what?

Rob: Well, I'll check in at the office. Locally, our newspapers will have great prep sports write-ups,and so I look for specific kids and say, ‘Man that was great. I can't believe you won the high jumpchampionship for the state.' Those types of things where it's common knowledge. And then also just throughthe kids that you work with. You know? ‘What was the dance like? Give me the skinny. What was the firealarm all about?' Those types of things.

Jonathan: Good. Good.

David: Yeah, cause it's not always just, like sports, or good stuff. I mean, maintaining the culture ofthe high school, like Rob's saying, sometimes unfortunately, and very sadly, it also means being aware of thefact that there was that car crash that killed a kid. Or whatever it was. In the couple of high schools thatwe are ministering at in Tampa, in the school year from 2006-2007, six kids lost their lives at area highschools. That's a big number, even for our metropolitan area.

Jonathan: Sure.

David: And so, just be aware of that. And this podcast is all about being on campus, but let me justsay another tag in, if I may. That even would impact the ministry that you might offer at your church.

Rob: Absolutely.

David: Say, ‘Hey, we were going to talk about the third installment on prayer. But tonight, we're gonnapause and come back next Wednesday night and pick up that, because tonight we want to talk about that car crashor the suicide...' or whatever it may be. It's not always just the good stuff. Unfortunately, it's alsosometimes the bad.

Rob: And David... being a presence on campus, we had a suicide last year, as an example. And for thefaculty to come to you and say, ‘You're a consistent source. We know that you're faith-based. We respect thefact that you come regularly. We're bringing in trained counselors to deal with the suicide for grief counseling.Would you consider being one of those grief counselors?'

David: Yeah, wow.

Rob: And so, to make yourself a resource to the school, and being aware of what's going on, whether it'sa car crash, a suicide, or a drug incident, whatever it may be.

David: Good or bad.

Rob: Yes, good or bad. Absolutely.

Jonathan: Good... Absolutely. What's the next... (pause) you just said ‘absolutely' and I said it. David,will you say it?

David: Absolutely.

Jonathan: Good. Thank you. I just wanted to make sure we all three of us did. Uh, what's the next sinRob?