Staying “Young” Dec4

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Staying "Young"

I feel like the technology and trends that are infiltrating the younger generations are completely foreign to me.  The words they use, technology, the fashion trends, their focus on creating a perfect "image",  just to name a few examples .... all from my outsider's perspective seem to separate us like a chasm.  Enough at times to make me wonder what we have in common and why anyone younger would even want a relationship with myself as a mentor - someone who really knows very little about their "culture" as a generation.  Anyone else with me?!?

Yet, instead of all these things keeping us from God's mandate to build relationships with those behind us, what if we chose to embrace it - to a certain degree - and educate ourselves, all in hopes of fostering deeper connections and deeper understanding?  What if we built a bridge instead of letting the chasm that separates defeat us?

So how do we actually do that, you might ask.  Well, it's still a work in progress in my life, but I've come across some great tools/resources that have been super helpful to the bridge building process....

The Culture Translator.  This is an amazing tool provided by Axis - a ministry whose mission is to "Empower the next generation to think clearly and critically about what they believe and to take ownership of their faith. We do this ... by resourcing [parents] to disciple and transfer legacy to their children as they face life’s questions and challenges."  This particular resource they offer, called The Culture Translator, is super helpful for us "old" people to gain weekly insight into how pop culture, technology, and media are influencing the younger generation - whether that is our children, our students, or our mentees.  The weekly email shares new music, movies, books, sayings, phone apps, etc. that are coming out and what we need to know about them - things that have blown my mind and things I never would've been aware of otherwise.

Marco Polo.  And no, I'm not referring to the game we played in the swimming pool growing up.  It's a video walkie talkie phone app.  Now don't check out on me - part of our job is to embrace.....which might mean at times we have to reach out of our comfort zone.  Hear me clearly...I have absolutely no desire to take a selfie-video and send it to other people.  But it's a tool that the younger generation is using to stay connected with each other, and if we are willing, what if we jumped on the bandwagon and used it to stay connected to our mentee group in between our sessions?  To talk about random life stuff, and maybe even as we are working on memory verses, or have an exciting update to share.  It's much more personal than texting, and as I've embraced it myself, I've found that it is actually quite fun.  And don't worry - for those days you don't have on any makeup, there's filters that can help you out. 😉

Generational IQ.  The book's subtitle is "Christianity Isn't Dying, Millennials Aren't the Problem, and the Future is Bright."  I'm learning so much about why different generations function the way they do from this book.   It's not necessarily the book I'd typically grab off the shelf, but remember we are not doing this for our own pleasure, but to position ourselves to reach the younger generation in a stronger capacity.  It is an effort to draw us closer, to educate ourselves, and in turn, build bridges and understanding between our generation and another.  

So, instead of judging as outsiders, will you join me in my efforts to embrace and understand the younger generation?

What tools and/or resources have you found helpful in bridging the gap between yourself and your mentees?

 ​
Side note....last week's Titus 2 blog post featured an intentional journal designed by a Titus2 alum, modeled after Titus2's founder's prayer binders.  There's been such a great response that she is running low on in-stock inventory, so if you are interested in a journal before Christmas, please contact Kimberly asap at www.etsy.com/shop/wordsjournal or email her at wordsjournal429@gmail.com
 ​

For His glory and the next generation,

Screenshot 2016-06-20 at 11.52.45 AM - Edited
Jeni Fobart
Executive Director
Titus2 Mentoring Women
jeni@titus2mentoringwomen.com

For resources to equip and guide you in your mentoring, go to www.titus2mentoringwomen.com

Staying “Young” Dec4

wordswag_1509988333263

Staying "Young"

I feel like the technology and trends that are infiltrating the younger generations are completely foreign to me.  The words they use, technology, the fashion trends, their focus on creating a perfect "image",  just to name a few examples .... all from my outsider's perspective seem to separate us like a chasm.  Enough at times to make me wonder what we have in common and why anyone younger would even want a relationship with myself as a mentor - someone who really knows very little about their "culture" as a generation.  Anyone else with me?!?

Yet, instead of all these things keeping us from God's mandate to build relationships with those behind us, what if we chose to embrace it - to a certain degree - and educate ourselves, all in hopes of fostering deeper connections and deeper understanding?  What if we built a bridge instead of letting the chasm that separates defeat us?

So how do we actually do that, you might ask.  Well, it's still a work in progress in my life, but I've come across some great tools/resources that have been super helpful to the bridge building process....

The Culture Translator.  This is an amazing tool provided by Axis - a ministry whose mission is to "Empower the next generation to think clearly and critically about what they believe and to take ownership of their faith. We do this ... by resourcing [parents] to disciple and transfer legacy to their children as they face life’s questions and challenges."  This particular resource they offer, called The Culture Translator, is super helpful for us "old" people to gain weekly insight into how pop culture, technology, and media are influencing the younger generation - whether that is our children, our students, or our mentees.  The weekly email shares new music, movies, books, sayings, phone apps, etc. that are coming out and what we need to know about them - things that have blown my mind and things I never would've been aware of otherwise.

Marco Polo.  And no, I'm not referring to the game we played in the swimming pool growing up.  It's a video walkie talkie phone app.  Now don't check out on me - part of our job is to embrace.....which might mean at times we have to reach out of our comfort zone.  Hear me clearly...I have absolutely no desire to take a selfie-video and send it to other people.  But it's a tool that the younger generation is using to stay connected with each other, and if we are willing, what if we jumped on the bandwagon and used it to stay connected to our mentee group in between our sessions?  To talk about random life stuff, and maybe even as we are working on memory verses, or have an exciting update to share.  It's much more personal than texting, and as I've embraced it myself, I've found that it is actually quite fun.  And don't worry - for those days you don't have on any makeup, there's filters that can help you out. 😉

Generational IQ.  The book's subtitle is "Christianity Isn't Dying, Millennials Aren't the Problem, and the Future is Bright."  I'm learning so much about why different generations function the way they do from this book.   It's not necessarily the book I'd typically grab off the shelf, but remember we are not doing this for our own pleasure, but to position ourselves to reach the younger generation in a stronger capacity.  It is an effort to draw us closer, to educate ourselves, and in turn, build bridges and understanding between our generation and another.  

So, instead of judging as outsiders, will you join me in my efforts to embrace and understand the younger generation?

What tools and/or resources have you found helpful in bridging the gap between yourself and your mentees?

 ​
Side note....last week's Titus 2 blog post featured an intentional journal designed by a Titus2 alum, modeled after Titus2's founder's prayer binders.  There's been such a great response that she is running low on in-stock inventory, so if you are interested in a journal before Christmas, please contact Kimberly asap at www.etsy.com/shop/wordsjournal or email her at wordsjournal429@gmail.com
 ​

For His glory and the next generation,

Screenshot 2016-06-20 at 11.52.45 AM - Edited
Jeni Fobart
Executive Director
Titus2 Mentoring Women
jeni@titus2mentoringwomen.com

For resources to equip and guide you in your mentoring, go to www.titus2mentoringwomen.com

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