Much of the buzz surrounding Apple’s iPad involves content consumption vs. content creation. If you can’t make stuff on it — writing papers, doing spreadsheets, running databases — it’s a killer toy, but it won’t replace laptops.
Consumption vs. creation is a good weather gauge for youthwork. Bonding through shared experience and building through intentional mentoring. Either without the other falls short.
Earlier this week a letter appeared in the Wall Street Journal bearing this good reminder:
Effective leadership requires developing a positive vision of the future which excites imagination and generates enthusiasm.
In YOUthwork, we refer to that positive vision as a “description of a discipled person” (ideas 11 and 14). Develop a solid description of what a discipled student looks like and the right blend of consumption vs. creation required to get there will be a no-brainer.