Reality television star and super model Heidi Klum is one of my favorite people on Lifetime’s Project Runway. (Obviously…she’s the only reason most guys watch that show!)
My middle son and I watch every week – and the rest of the family endures. I have a few good friends, like Stephanie Caro, who watch with me in absentia through text exclamations and criticisms. (We should seriously be fan-judges on the next season!)
Last week, after a particularly poignant moment with the show’s mentor, Tim Gunn, Stephanie and I decided he would make a great youth leader. She expounded on that idea here!
But as I watched this week, I realized he isn’t the only potential youth worker on that show. Heidi would be a great youth worker, as well.
1. Heidi gives clear and understandable expectations at the beginning of every show. She succinctly lays out the parameters for each challenge. And while your students might give push back with boundaries, it’s one way they know they are loved.
2. Heidi clearly uses her expertise in fashion to honestly share truth with the designers in an effort to help them become better. She never pulls punches or waters down fashion sense for fear of hurting someone’s feelings. The Truth youth workers wield is poised to help them be better. They don’t get there if we water that down.
3. That said – she never gets personal – and she’s never rude. She has found the perfect balance of disagreeing with a designer’s choices while honoring them as a designer. Students can learn to respect a youth leader who can disagree with them without denigrating them.
3. Heidi says ‘you suck’ with a smile – and then lets the designers know they are loved with a kiss. Sometimes we have to say hard things to students. They can receive it when it comes in love.
And face it, Heidi is gorgeous. Do you know how many boys you’d have in your youth ministry if she was one of your youth leaders??!