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Burnt Popcorn pt. 2

Burnt Popcorn: And Other Things That Go Bump in the Night in Youth Ministry 

As we learned earlier Burnt Popcorn happens.  More important than Burnt Popcorn happening is our response to Burnt Popcorn.  Our response can determine how we grow as leaders and how our students grow as followers of Christ.

One of the temptations that we can have in ministry is to use the Popcorn button.  My wife always tells me that you can never trust the Popcorn button.  Why you may ask?  Because your should never just set it and forget it.  For youth ministers the Popcorn button can give a false sense of reality.  Once the plan is in place everything should go according to that plan.  Once we hit the Popcorn button we should have a perfectly popped bag of Popcorn.  Right?  Well, the truth of the matter is that something will always happen that may cause some burning.  This is where flexibility comes into place as leaders.  As I said earlier more important than  Burnt Popcorn happening is our response to Burnt Popcorn.  We can either be derailed by it or we can do something about it.  We need to learn when to fight it, when to stop it, and when to just go with the flow.  

We should not live in this place where we just expect things to go wrong all of the time, but we need to be realistic enough in our expectations that our plans may be altered.  The key is that we respond in the right way and not let any hindrances or obstacles determine the product of what we hope to produce.  Good things can come from Burnt Popcorn.

Burnt Popcorn pt. 1


Burnt Popcorn pt. 1

Burnt Popcorn: And Other Things That Go Bump in the Night in Youth Ministry 

I have to give props to my friend Chico for this one.  Last week while I was taking some of the youth of our church to the Awakening Conference I was definitely entertaining people with my Twitter updates.  After one of the updates Chico replied and said one of my updates would be a great book title.  Now I’m not sure if I will use this as a book title, but it will definitely be an informative and humorous blog post.

Here is how the inspirational title came about.  I think it was the 2nd night of the conference.  I am sitting quietly in my room and I started to hear noise in the hall.  As I left my room I found my students in the hall and a strange smell in the air.  It was Burnt Popcorn.  It just wasn’t the smell though.  There was a cloud in the air and it was almost unbearable to be in the room.  The cloud began to leave the room, enter the hall and our entire wing was filled with the smell of Burnt Popcorn.  After the Burnt Popcorn update Chico replied back with the title, “Burnt Popcorn: And Other Things That Go Bump in the Night in Youth Ministry.”

Many time in youth ministry (or any ministry) Burnt Popcorn happen.  What is Burnt Popcorn?  Burnt Popcorn can happen in a variety of ways.  It is that stuff that could easily derail our leadership or those things that we are trying to accomplish.  Burnt Popcorn can be the car rental company that can take the reservation, but is unable to hold the reservation (Thanks Sienfeld).  It can be vans breaking down when you are out of state.  It can be kids sneaking out of their hotel room.  It can be simple or so complex that all you can do is lean into God.  Burnt Popcorn happens.  More important than Burnt Popcorn happening is our response to Burnt Popcorn.  Our response can determine how we grow as leaders and how our students grow as followers of Christ.  What have you learned from Burnt Popcorn?

Blog posts that you may find interesting

Tony Morgan: 10 Easy Ways to Know You’re Not a Leader.  This is a bit older of a post, but it causes you to stop and think about whether or not you are a leader.  #8 would probably be the area at times my leadership is challenged. Kind of a tough article, but it’s dealing with reality.  The article ends with 2 questions that we all must think about: 1) At what age does your church begin approaching tough topics? 2) What do you think is the best way to teach tough topics to young students? 

Glenn Packiam: This statement stuck out to me, “So, why do we sing and dance? Not to coax God into acting. Not to make ourselvesfeel His presence. We sing and dance– and all the other physical activities– to make ourselves more present to God, to engage God with our whole being. In a sense, the focus of the worship is not on whether God is present, but whether we are.  Glenn encourages us to remember that God is always there.  

Stuff Christians Like: Judging people who use the table of contents in their Bible.  This guy rocks this should make you literally laugh out loud.