We teach a lot on what it means, looks like and takes to be "different" from the surrounding culture--ad nausem--in our student ministry. Still, we grieve like Yaconelli, that many of our student's behavior is often similar to that of the non-christian world. Knowing that nothing beats the power of a good story, the decision was made to share the stage this fall. Making use of the marathon metaphor (nothing original here--the title 26.2 was cool),we asked older runners (older, faithful Christians) if they would be willing to be interviewed and speak on the ups and downs of their running with Jesus. We had no trouble enlisting the help of our Senior Pastor (who has just run his first marathon), Small Groups Minister, One of our Elders wives, a Senior Staff member, our Pastoral Minister and a retired Fighter Pilot/Author (check out www.mylifeonloan.com). Depending on the conversation, we branched off of these basic questions:
- How long have you been running with Jesus?
- Have you ever wanted to quit the run? Why/Why not?
- What has been your greatest obstacle(s)? Success(s)?
- What advice would you give young runners?
Question for Student Workers: Interview formats are one of the easiest ways to bring an intergenerational aspect to the classroom/stage. What ways have you incorporated "older-wiser" voices into your teaching?