Dress standards for summer youth group ministry [podcast]

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LIVE Youth Ministry TalkSome ministries are pretty strict when it comes to modesty and how they expect students to present themselves, especially when it comes to bathing suits during the summer. Other ministries are pretty flexible and enforce loose standards because of the culture of the area in which they live.

In this discussion, youth workers talk about the expectations we hold for students in their dress, how we handle different situations, and most importantly, how we help students adopt a value system instead of just forcing them to obey rules.

Here’s an overview of our discussion:

  • Standards we hold for dress code during the summer
  • How to handle different situations
  • Girls are becoming just as visually stimulated as guys
  • Other issues besides modesty
  • Moving beyond rules to helping students adopt modesty as a value

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Posted on May 14, 2011

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  • scott

    Hmmmmm…. I’m amazed you talked for almost an hour about this issue. We live in a world where girls wear bikinis to the beach, lake etc. and I think we often do ourselves a disservice by making girls feel shameful about their bodies, sexuality etc. I’m not saying we should just allow anything to go, but we need to be realistic. Also, a great point you brought up about guys having their shirts off. If this expectation of modesty applies for girls, it should apply to guys as well. And approaching a nonbeliever about this issue. I guarantee you this person will probably never come to your church again. And I’m quite certain you could face a lawsuit if a man confronts a teenage girl about this issue….I wouldn’t even go there. Make sure a female confronts a female. Good luck everyone!

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