Raising the Expectation Virtual Training

Here are some resources referenced in this video:

If you don’t have time to watch the video, here are some great quotes that came from our time together:

  • I can’t enforce what parent’s won’t reinforce.
  • Parents are raising the expectation in different ways – students cannot receive anything less than a ‘C’, are expected to participate in every activity, need to be on travel teams, etc.
  • Marianne shared a college ministry an Austin church has where they pair college students with families at the beginning of the school year. There is accountability – if the student isn’t in church, the family will miss them. They do things together and are an adopted family.
  • Raising the expectation in youth ministry when it’s not being raised at the church level is like peeling an onion from the inside out.
  • We need to move forward with the coalition of the willing. If you have people willing to raise the expectation, move on with them. Don’t spend too much time focusing on the people who refuse.
  • There needs to be some sort of assimilation process for the church. Perhaps it’s a confirmation class for adults. Something like the probationary period in John Wesley’s class societies. A time period where students (and adults!) learn about expectations.
  • Marilyn shared that she has great success pouring into the students who “get it” and empowering them to raise the expectation with their peers.