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The Day In The Life Of A Mobile Teen

Here are some interesting stats from the infographic below.

  • 75% of teens have phones. (this stat probably is higher)
  • A typical teen sends 49 texts a day
  • 54% of teens text their friends every day
The point of this infographic and it's stats is that teens are inseparable from their phones and their preferred mode of communication is still texting. So let me ask, why are so many youth groups still relying on email (or even Facebook - which is becoming more passé among teens) as their primary mode of communication?

There are all kinds of helpful and easy to use programs and services, such as ProTexting and EZTexting  (many with a cost attached- but definitely worth it). How are you using and leveraging technology and their phones to communicate and connect better with your youth?


(ht: YouthMinistryMedia)

2 comments:

Depersonalizing the pastor does not always put him/her on a pedestal. Depersonalization also manifests itself in disrespecting and demeaning the pastor.

This spiritual egalitarianism is something I hear a lot of in North America. But if you go across the Pacific, you will see a different world. I lived in Asia for many years and witnessed pastors being treated so poorly. They were often looked at as hirelings of the local church. They were often underpaid in spite of their denomination's having hundreds of millions of dollars in their retirement fund.

While I do appreciate Mr. Peterson's concern for the idolizing of pastors, I truly believe that the greater problem isn't putting them on a pedestal but not giving them the respect and honour due them. Paul did write about giving double honour to those who were teaching elders, did he not?

Idolizing your pastor doesn't come from the use of labels. It comes from the culture of celebrity that has become part of the USAmerican DNA.

I think this spiritual egalitarianism comes more from American cultural values (ironically, the same place where the culture of celebrity comes from) than the Bible. In my observation, common titles that were used and respected in the New Testament were apostle, prophet, teacher, and elder. I don't see any warnings in the New Testament about using these titles.

I beg you not to use spiritual egalitarianism as an excuse to disrespect and dishonour pastors.

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